Takao Tanabe print, limited edition

Near-the-sea 1960

“Near the Sea” (1960)

Limited edition archival ink jet fine art print exclusive to the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre.
Edition of 200 printed 2016
14″ x 27.5″
Unframed $250 CDN (framed pieces available in the museum shop until quantities last)
Available in the museum shop.

“…the views I favour are the grey mists, the rain-obscured islands and the clouds that hide the details. However much we desire order and clarity in all the details of our lives, there are always unexpected events that cloud and change our course. Life is ragged. The typical weather of the coast is like that, just enough detail to make it interesting but not so clear as to be banal or overwhelming. It can be a metaphor for life.” – Takao Tanabe.

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.