Takao Tanabe: Sumie



Exhibition February 13 – May 8, 2016


Sumie is often translated as brush painting, ink wash painting, or Japanese ink painting. In 1959, in part funded by a Canada Council artist grant, Canadian born painter Takao Tanabe visited Japan for the very first time. For two years he studied with sumie and calligraphy masters in Tokyo. Although celebrated across Canada for his seminal landscapes with low horizons, primarily focusing on the west coast of Canada, Tanabe’s sumie paintings display a confident delicacy of technique, exploring both traditional Japanese subject matter and abstraction.  We are honoured to showcase over 35 works by this accomplished artist. A publication will accompany the exhibition.


Listen to Takao Tanabe’s speech from the exhibition opening:



PUBLIC PROGRAMS – free and open to the public


Public gallery tours – every Tuesday at 11am and Saturday at 2pm (March 15 – May 7)


Exhibition Opening

Saturday, February 13, 3-5pm. Artist in attendance.


Calligraphy Workshop

Saturday, February 27, 2-4pm


Curator’s Tour by Sherri Kajiwara

April 16, 2pm during Celebrate Spring


Sumie Workshop

Saturday, April 30, 2-4pm


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