Takao Tanabe: Printmaker

Takao Tanabe, Bright Sky, 2010 Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Gift of the artist, VAG 2011.33.4. Printer: Laura Widmer, UBC Okanagan. Edition size: 4.

Takao Tanabe: Printmaker

Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC - To Oct 1

by Robin Laurence

Among the last of his generation of painter-printmakers, 97-year-old Takao Tanabe cycled through abstraction and representation before finding his truest expression in subtle and evocative West Coast landscapes. The arc of his long career is demonstrated in this survey exhibition of his prints, guest-curated by Ian Thom and including lithographs, serigraphs, etchings, woodblocks – and a series of playfully embossed works created using metal washers and pieces of cut and torn cardboard.

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