Artwork by Takao Tanabe,  The Land 3/79 (North of Regina)

Takao Tanabe
The Land 3/79 (North of Regina)

acrylic on canvas
signed, titled and dated 3/79 on the reverse
66 x 48 ins ( 167.6 x 121.9 cms )

Auction Estimate: $20,000.00$15,000.00 - $20,000.00

Price Realized $13,800.00
Sale date: June 25th 2014

Marlborough-Godard, Toronto/Montreal.
The Collection of Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.

Please note that there are a couple of minor surface scuffs present.
Nancy E. Dillow and Jane Rule, “Takao Tanabe, 1972-1976: The Land”, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, 1976, page 7.
Robin Laurence, “A Landscaper of Many Colours: Tak Tanabe in Profile”, “Border Crossings”, Volume 16, Number 1, February 1997, page 42.
Tanabe was Head of the Art Department at the Banff School of Fine Arts from 1973 to 1980. During his tenure, he was painting dramatic semi-abstract landscapes. Nancy Dillow writes that “Tanabe's paintings of the land are the outcome of intense personal discipline and a search for the subtleties of landscape.” In an interview for “Border Crossings”, Tanabe remarked on his attachment to the subject: “What I want is this completely unoccupied, pristine land, as though I'm the first person to see it. It's lonely, it's mysterious, it has wonderful appeal to me. I feel great kinship with it.”

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Takao Tanabe
(1926) RCA

Born in British Columbia in 1926, Takao Tanabe has been an important figure in Canadian painting for over 50 years. Tanabe studied in Europe, the United States, and Japan. Following a decade as head of the art program and artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre, he returned to British Columbia in 1980 where he currently lives and works.