At 91 years of age Takao Tanabe continues to create fabulous atmospheric paintings of the Canadian west coast landscape and it’s magical Gulf Islands.

Takao Tanabe

Takao Tanabe, 1992, San Juan Islands, Sunset.
acrylic on canvas, 39.5 in. x 17.5 in.
signed bottom right. Signed, titled and dated verso.
Price: $39,200.00
James Rottman Fine Art

Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia in 1926, Takao Tanabe has been a leading figure in the visual arts community in Canada for over six decades.  Takao Tanabe is a contemporary of notable Canadian west coast artists such as Jack Shadbolt and Gordon Appelbe Smith. Like these artists Tanabe has been  contributing to Canada’s cultural legacy with a rich history of paintings that depict a truly unique vision of the west coast of Canada.

Takao Tanabe has moved from abstraction in the late 1950’s and 1960’s, towards minimalism of the 1970’s and 1980’s, and finally becoming deeply rooted in realism as seen in his west coast landscape paintings of the late 1980’s to present day.   For anybody that has visited the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, one can immediately identify with these glorious west coast seascapes by Takao Tanabe.. These paintings express an atmosphere and mood that only a Vancouver Island native could capture in a painting. These paintings are wonderful documents of the magical west coast landscape.

Takao Tanabe has been the recipient of several honorary degrees, as well the recipient for the Order of British Columbia, the Order of Canada and the Governor General’s Award.

James Rottman Fine Art carries a significant inventory of artwork by Takao Tanabe. Please do not hesitate to contact us or call us directly at 416.893.5784 with inquiries regarding this artwork or other works by Takao Tanabe.