Landscape as Muse

Season Five - Episode 49

The West Coast with Takao Tanabe
A critic once remarked that if you've seen one Tanabe, you've seen them all. Revered painter Takao Tanabe doesn't disagree with this statement, yet it hasn't stopped him from painting landscapes for the past thirty-five years. A close examination of his canvasses reveals subtle changes in atmosphere, colour, tone and a lack of visible brush strokes. Camera and sketchbook in hand, he travels on land and sea in the North Vancouver Island area, bringing six decades of painting history to bear on the vistas and horizon line of the sea and islands.