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Takao Tanabe: wet coasts and dry land

Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna
September 22, 2000 - November 18, 2000


Chilcotin Plateau 1/98 (1998),
acrylic on canvas

ìwet coasts and dry landî, originated by the Kelowna Art Gallery, is a 16-year survey of senior painter Takao Tanabe's water-based paintings and woodblock prints. Following the Kelowna exhibit, Tanabe's work will tour public galleries of British Columbia until 2002. His acrylic-on-canvas paintings are monumental in polish and simplicity. Expanses of ocean, smooth estuaries and lakes are lightly touched by horizons of unpretentious landforms. Rolling earth, pale clouds, low brown hills and sky are delicately and pristinely denoted with the surprise of sudden tiny details ñ ìjust enough detail revealed to make it interestingî, as he puts it. His reverence for nature often assumes a panoramic scale with canvases up to 10 feet in size. Tanabe is a BC artist who was born in Prince Rupert in 1926. He settled on Vancouver Island after living in Japan and the States, and has received numerous distinctions for his contributions to Canadian culture. Among them are the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada.

© Mia Johnson