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LOT 022

Takao Tanabe
1926 -

Queen Charlotte Summer 5/83
acrylic on canvas, 1983
signed and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "Errington, B.C." and "5/83" and "Skidegate channel reflections"
25 3/4 x 59 3/4 in 65.4 x 151.8 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $43,250

Preview at:

Sold sale of Canadian Art, Joyner / Waddington's, June 1, 2004, lot 129
Private Collection, Toronto

The son of a commercial fisherman, Takao Tanabe spent his early childhood in Prince Rupert, on British Columbia’s northern coast. However, his search for knowledge led him in 1951 to New York, where he took drawing classes from Hans Hofmann while studying at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He traveled to Japan in 1960, studying there with the calligrapher Yanagida Taiun and practising sumi-e painting with Ikuo Hirayama. These disparate worlds formed him, and when he returned to his roots on the BC coast in 1980, he developed the more realistic style seen here. From his home in Errington, on the east side of Vancouver Island, he again wandered the seas, islands and enshrouded mountain ranges of the Pacific coast. In Queen Charlotte Summer 5/83, Tanabe envisions a dark and mysterious path across the water, bounded by deep shadows cast by landforms capped by tendrils of mist. Our eye is irresistibly drawn across this charcoal and black passage that opens into a silvery glowing sky and fogbound islands. Whatever the season, summer or winter, this is the landscape of Haida Gwaii that Tanabe sees - moody and transcendent, a mindscape of misty dreams.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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