Takao Tanabe’s career as a visual artist has spanned over sixty years, a period throughout which his artistic production has undergone numerous stylistic and formal changes. Moving freely between what we often consider contradictory realms - abstraction and high realism - Tanabe has painted in constant pursuit of new formal possibilities, experimenting with diverse methods and approaches to visual representation. From the 1950s to the early 1970s, Tanabe focused on the non-objective paintings before his work evolved into depictions of prairie, plateau, coastal land and seascapes. This exhibition profiles a series of new watercolour works on paper alongside a selection of earlier abstract paintings from the artist's own collection and runs until December 23, 2010.
Takao Tanabe, Rocky Mountains Winter, 2/09, watercolour on paper, 2009