Cliff Face Norman Takeuchi

Acrylic and Collage on Paper
22.3 × 30 inches
56.5 × 76.2 cm
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Passages of brown, red and green on a dark ground intersect with sections articulated by line drawn faces, leafy tree branches, mountain side, clouds and sky in this mixed media work on paper. These areas of detail, based on Japanese block prints of the 19th century, are assembled with the whole into an uneasy theatrical narrative. 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 this work in 1996 to become a full-time 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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