Norman Takeuchi, ‘Cliff Face’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Norman Takeuchi, ‘Cliff Face’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Norman Takeuchi, ‘Cliff Face’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Norman Takeuchi, ‘Cliff Face’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Norman Takeuchi, ‘Cliff Face’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Norman Takeuchi, ‘Cliff Face’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Norman Takeuchi, ‘Cliff Face’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Norman Takeuchi, ‘Cliff Face’, 2015, Oeno Gallery

Passages of brown, red and green on a dark ground intersect with sections articulated by line drawn faces, leafy tree branches with mountain side, clouds and sky as a focal point. 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 Japanese Canadians 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's paintings may be found in collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Carleton University Art Gallery, Confederation Gallery, The Ottawa Art Gallery and many private collections.

About Norman Takeuchi

Japanese-Canadian

Group Shows

2017
Bloomfield,