Exploring Land and Ideas
Takao Tanabe and Jack Shadbolt
The West Coast of British Columbia is exceptionally beautiful. The province's natural wilderness, rugged mountains, and expansive oceans provide vital sources of inspiration for many B.C. artists. They have explored new ways of expressing various forms and embraced a freedom of creation that blurs boundaries of conventional art styles.
Jack Shadbolt and Takao Tanabe have played crucial roles as both artists and teachers in developing their bold and innovative styles. They are among a core group of distinguished B.C. artists who exhibited widely since the 1950s. Drawn from the Audain Art Museum's Permanent Collection of Tanabe's paintings, accompanied by a private donation of Jack Shadbolt's lithograph prints for the Museum's 2021 Illuminate Gala & Auction, works by these artists shown here demonstrate the development of unique aesthetic styles that depict visions of physicality and imagination.
Left: Takao Tanabe, N.W.T. 1/97: Beaulieu River, 1997, acrylic on canvas, Audain Art Museum Collection, Gift of the Artist
Right: Jack Shadbolt, Alternative Transformations: After Rain, 1996, lithograph on paper, Gift of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa for the AAM''s Illuminate Gala & Auction