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LOT 008

Takao Tanabe
1926 -

South Moresby 84-2, Deluge Point
acrylic on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1984 on a label and inscribed "Errington"
26 x 96 in 66 x 243.8 cm

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

Sold for: $133,250

Preview at: PacArt, Toronto

Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Ian M. Thom et al., Takao Tanabe, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2005, essay by Jeffrey Spalding, page 135

Takao Tanabe’s move to Vancouver Island in 1980 changed the course of his work. Previously, while teaching in Banff, he produced minimalist, stained depictions of prairie landscapes, but on returning to British Columbia (he was born in Prince Rupert), he began to paint exquisitely atmospheric panoramas of the West Coast in a reductive realist style. South Moresby Island is a jewel in the Haida Gwaii protected wilderness archipelago, and Tanabe depicts it emerging through layers of clouds and surrounded by a gently lapping ocean. Tanabe records the particular geography of his view – at Deluge Point, where weather constantly changes, from wild rainstorms to the more Zen-like atmosphere of mist and cloud that we see here. Tanabe’s long, horizontal expanse of ocean is seen from the point of view of a boat and makes the viewer feel immersed in the scene. One can almost feel the gentle lift of the waves and the soft, vaporous air. It is no wonder that this West Coast landscape master has been called “the Turner of the Queen Charlottes.”

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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