Norman Takeuchi, ‘Picnic’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Norman Takeuchi, ‘Picnic’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Norman Takeuchi, ‘Picnic’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Norman Takeuchi, ‘Picnic’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Norman Takeuchi, ‘Picnic’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Norman Takeuchi, ‘Picnic’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Norman Takeuchi, ‘Picnic’, 2015, Oeno Gallery

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 with a picnic basket and a section of winding path. The eye travels actively between the assembled elements of this narrative that is given stability by the dark strip at the foreground and the overall triangular composition.

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,