Takao Tanabe has been a leading figure in Canadian art for over sixty years. Born in 1926 in Seal Cove, British Columbia, Tanabe was interned by the Canadian Government with his family and many other Japanese-Canadians during World War II. The end of the war took the artist further east, to the Winnipeg School of Art, graduating in 1949. He pursued further artistic studies in New York under Hans Hoffman, London, and Japan, where he learned Japanese ink painting (sumi-e) and calligraphy.
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Takao Tanabe

Takao Tanabe

Takao Tanabe (b. 1926) is an important figure in Canadian painting and printmaking. Tanabe creates landscape paintings of the British Columbia coast, eliminating non-essential details, creating serene compositions which reward long contemplation. He is well known for his transcendent light and atmosphere, which fluctuates from delicate and misty to stormy and brooding. Dominated by strong horizons and large swaths of water and sky, his works are devoid of man-made elements such as cars, telephone poles, and architectural structures.

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Etienne Zack
Reflections on a Quiet City

May 15, 2021 - June 12, 2021
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Bobbie Burgers
Natural Disorder

November 19, 2020 - December 19, 2020
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Shawn Hunt
The Beginning of Something

October 10, 2020 - November 14, 2020
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Summer Exhibition
Gallery Artists

July 28, 2020 - August 29, 2020
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Renée Van Halm
Holding Pattern

January 18, 2020 - February 15, 2020
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Gathie Falk
New Paintings and Sculpture

September 7, 2019 - October 12, 2019
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BC Binning, Devon Knowles and Renée Van Halm
Leave the Window Open

September 9, 2019 - October 12, 2019
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Some Drawings
A Group Exhibition

March 9, 2019 - March 30, 2019
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Ben Reeves
Something Edge

November 24, 2018 - December 22, 2018
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Angela Teng
A Coloured Image of the Sun

November 24, 2018 - December 22, 2018
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Gordon Smith
Through the Trees

September 8, 2018 - October 13, 2018
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Jack Shadbolt
The Ghost Universe

January 20, 2018 - February 22, 2018
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Al McWilliams
Floor Thoughts

December 2, 2017 - January 13, 2018
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Gathie Falk
The Things in My Head

November 7, 2015 - December 12, 2015
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