Picnic Norman Takeuchi

Year
2015
Medium
Acrylic on Paper
Size
22.5 × 30 inches
57.2 × 76.2 cm
$2750
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Organic passages of brown, red, lime, yellow, gold, blue, turquoise and forest green intersect with line drawings of two women in elegant dress, seated on the grass in this acrylic painting on paper. The eye travels actively between the assembled elements of this narrative including the picnic basket, a section of winding path, and foliage that is given stability by the dark strip at the foreground and the overall triangular composition. Takeuchi, his family and other Canadians of Japanese heritage were sent into exile during World War II. They were forced from their homes and relocated away from the B.C. coast. Takeuchi's paintings reflect his experiences of this time: "Unsettling and uncomfortable abstract forms which allude to the early exclusion years jostle with images from old Japan. While the paintings represent an uneasy search for harmony and balance between the two worlds, they are ultimately a celebration of my dual heritage." Takeuchi attended the Vancouver School of Art where he graduated with a scholarship that allowed him to paint and exhibit in London, England. For much of his life, Takeuchi worked as an exhibition and graphic designer in Ottawa but left in 1996 to work full-time as an artist. Takeuchi has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions since 1962. His work may be found in collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Carleton University Art Gallery, Confederation Gallery, The Ottawa Art Gallery, the Canadian War Museum, and many private collections.

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