About

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.

Selected Works

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Takao Tanabe

Arctic 7/89: River Valley

1989

Acrylic on canvas

  • 46" x 96"
  • Photo: Byron Dauncey
Takao Tanabe

Prairie Winter 4/79

1979

Acrylic on canvas

  • 26" x 44"
  • Photo: Byron Dauncey
Takao Tanabe

The Prairie Hills 2/80

1980

Acrylic on canvas

  • 53 1/2" x 83 1/2"
  • Photo: Byron Dauncey
Takao Tanabe

Q.C.I., 15/84, Rennell Sound Dark Night

1984

Acrylic on canvas

  • 34" x 56"
  • Photo: Byron Dauncey
Takao Tanabe

Aug Box 2

1965

Acrylic on canvas

  • 47" x 34"
  • Photo: Byron Dauncey
Takao Tanabe

Untitled 2, 1967 (Canadian Biennial)

1967

Acrylic on canvas

  • 58" x 59"
  • Photo: Byron Dauncey
Takao Tanabe

Untitled #3A

1968

Acrylic on canvas

  • 59" x 58"
  • Photo: Byron Dauncey
Takao Tanabe

Untitled #3B

1968

Acrylic on canvas

  • 59" x 58"
  • Photo: Byron Dauncey

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