Lot # 003
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Takao Tanabe
OC 1926 - Canadian

QC Island, 4/95, Chaatl Is. (Buck Bay, Battle Island)
acrylic on canvas
signed and on verso titled, dated Jan. / Feb. 1995 and inscribed "acrylic" and "Errington"
40 1/2 x 55 in  102.9 x 139.7cm

Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Vancouver

Takao Tanabe grew up in Prince Rupert, on British Columbia’s northern coast, and now lives in Errington, on the east coast of Vancouver Island. In this stunning painting of islands in Haida Gwaii, he includes Chaatl Island, the site of a major Haida First Nation village until the 1850s. Chaatl Island is also interesting for its rock formations, primarily volcanic, which are some of the oldest in Haida Gwaii. Tanabe strikes a fine balance between ethereal atmospheres and strong landforms, using tonalities of grey, white, silver and black. Delicate cloud effects are caught around the mountaintops, and mists seep down between slopes that plunge steeply into the ocean and repeat into the distance. The sea is a shimmering surface in which wave movements create patterns of white foam, and crashing swells are flung against the dark headland in the foreground. Tanabe’s subtle stained sky is elaborated with wisps of low, drifting clouds. QC Island, 4/95, Chaatl Is. (Buck Bay, Battle Island) is a tour de force that showcases Tanabe’s ability to capture the essence of BC’s wild and magnificent coast.

Estimate: $40,000 ~ $60,000 CAD  
Sold for: $79,250 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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