The Artist

Takao Tan­abe is a for­mer Head of the Art Depart­ment and Artist-in-Residence at The Banff Cen­tre. Tan­abe was born in Prince Rupert in 1926 and stud­ied at the Win­nipeg School of Art from 1946–49 before going to New York where he con­tin­ued stud­ies at the Brook­lyn Museum Art School. After a sum­mer at the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1953, Tan­abe went to the Cen­tral School of Arts and Crafts in Lon­don, Eng­land and then to Tokyo Uni­ver­sity in Japan. Takao Tan­abe was awarded the Emily Carr Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ship in 1953, a Canada Coun­cil Fel­low­ship in 1959 and a Canada Coun­cil Senior Fel­low­ship in 1969. More recently, Tan­abe was awarded the Order of Canada for his ongo­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the cul­tural land­scape of Canada and his con­tin­ued sup­port of younger artists. A mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Acad­emy, Takao Tan­abe has exhib­ited widely, both nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally, has car­ried out a num­ber of pub­lic com­mis­sions and is rep­re­sented in the National Gallery of Canada and many other pub­lic and pri­vate col­lec­tions. Tan­abe has had a long and dis­tin­guished career as a Cana­dian land­scape painter. His paint­ings are done in acrylic char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally exe­cuted in thin washes which have a sub­tle, translu­cent qual­ity rem­i­nis­cent of watercolour.


  1. 2011         Ottawa Art Gallery: The Seasons
  2. 2011         Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary
  3. 2011         Burn­aby Art Gallery, Burn­aby: Chron­i­cles of Form and Place: Works on Paper by Takao Tanabe
  4. 2010         Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto: The Early Years, 1951 to 1965
  5. 2010         Paul Kuhn Gallery, Cal­gary: Print Ret­ro­spec­tive, 1967 to 2007
  6. 2009         Whyte Museum, Banff: Moun­tains in Winter
    1. toured to Pen­ti­con Art Gallery (2010);
      West Van­cou­ver Museum (2010)
  7. 2008         Paul Kuhn Gallery, Cal­gary: Ban­ners 1969/70
  8. 2007         Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto: New Paintings
  9. 2006         Cen­tre A, Van­cou­ver: Ban­ners & Ban­ner Paintings
  10. 2006         Wal­ter Phillips Gallery, Banff: Takao Tan­abe: Light, Sky & Land
  11. 2005         Art Gallery of Greater Vic­to­ria & Van­cou­ver Art Gallery, co-sponsors: Takao Tanabe
    1. Ret­ro­spec­tive
  12. 2004         Paul Kuhn Gallery, Cal­gary: 50 Years of Works on Paper
  13. 2002         Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
  14. 2001         Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
  15. 2000         Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, B.C.: Takao Tan­abe: wet coasts and dry lands
    1. toured to South­ern Alberta Art Gallery, Leth­bridge (2001);
      Kam­loops Art Gallery, Kam­loops (2002);
      Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George (2002)
  16. 2000         Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George (2002)
  17. 1999         Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
  18. 1999         Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary
  19. 1998         Domin­ion Gallery, Montréal
  20. 1996         Site Gallery, Winnipeg
  21. 1995         Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
  22. 1995         Uni­ver­sity of Leth­bridge Art Gallery: A Trib­ute: 1950 to the Present
  23. 1994         Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
  24. 1994         Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary
  25. 1993         Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
  26. 1993         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery: The Col­lected Prints, 1950–1990
  27. 1992         Teck Gallery, Simon Fraser Uni­ver­sity, Vancouver
  28. 1992         Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
  29. 1992         Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary
  30. 1991         Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
  31. 1990         Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
  32. 1990         Domin­ion Gal­leries, Montréal
  33. 1989         Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
  34. 1989         Domin­ion Gal­leries, Montréal
  35. 1988         Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
  36. 1987         Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
  37. 1987         Canada House, Lon­don, England
  38. 1986         Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
  39. 1985         Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
  40. 1985         Ber­nice Stein­baum Gallery, New York
  41. 1985         Mira Godard Gallery, 30 Year Print Retrospective
  42. 1985         Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary
  43. 1984         Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
  44. 1983         Mira Godard Gallery, Cal­gary & Toronto
  45. 1983         Graph­ica Art Gallery, Edmonton
  46. 1983         Robert­son Gal­leries, Ottawa
  47. 1982         Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
  48. 1981         Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
  49. 1981         Robert­son Gal­leries, Ottawa
  50. 1980         Art Gallery of Hamilton
  51. 1980         Wind­sor Art Gallery
  52. 1980         W.J. Phillips Gallery, Banff


  1. 2011         Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­sity, Mon­tréal: Parade
  2. 2011         Art Gallery of Cal­gary: Cal­gary Collects
  3. 2011         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery: An Auto­bi­og­ra­phy of our Collection
  4. 2011         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery: Shore, For­est and Beyond – Art from the Audain Collection
  5. 2010         Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto: Landscape/Cityscape
  6. 2009         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery: Enact­ing Abstraction
  7. 2009         Ottawa Art Gallery: Dynamic Rhythm
  8. 2008         Whyte Museum, Banff: The Group of Seven to Takao Tan­abe… Inspir­ing Landscape
  9. 2008         FAB Gallery, Uni­ver­sity of Alberta, Edmon­ton: See­ing through Modernism
  10. 2008         Burn­aby Art Gallery, Burn­aby, B.C.: Our Chang­ing Land­scape: Per­spec­tives on
    1. and Inter­pre­ta­tions of British Colum­bia (series III)
  11. 2007         Macken­zie Art Gallery, Regina: Can­non Fod­der: Look­ing at Landscape
  12. 2007         Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna: Nexus, His­to­ries and Communities
  13. 2007         Museum Lon­don, Lon­don, Ontario: An Eye for It
  14. 2006         Equinox Gallery, Van­cou­ver: Views of the Coast
  15. 2006         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery, Van­cou­ver: 75 Years, Per­ma­nent Collection
  16. 2006         Museum Lon­don, Lon­don, Ontario: Recent Acqui­si­tions, Con­ven­tion & Inven­tion in the 60’s
  17. 2006         Sur­rey Art Gallery, Sur­rey, B.C.: Recent Acquisitions
  18. 2006         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery, Van­cou­ver: Print
  19. 2006         Equinox Gallery, Van­cou­ver: Altered Images
  20. 2005         Macken­zie Art Gallery, Regina: POP – Paint­ings and Prints from the 60’s
  21. 2005         Martha Street Stu­dio, Win­nipeg: Print­mak­ing in the 1950’s
  22. 2005         Burn­aby Art Gallery, Burn­aby, B.C.: Prior Edi­tions, 10 Years Cana­dian Printmaking
  23. 2004         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery, Van­cou­ver: Deter­mined Pur­suit: High­lights from the Longstaffe
    1. Col­lec­tion
  24. 2004         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery, Van­cou­ver: A Mod­ern Life: Art and Design in British Columbia
    1. 1945–1960
  25. 2004         Prints at the School of Art, 1950–59
  26. 2003         Nickle Arts Museum, Uni­ver­sity of Cal­gary: Loca­tions: Space, Cul­ture, and Identity
  27. 2002         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery, Van­cou­ver: This Place
  28. 2001         Wal­ter Phillips Gallery, Banff: Made in Banff
  29. 2001         Art Gallery of S.W. Man­i­toba, Bran­don: Land Mark­ings: Abstracted Land­scape Paint­ings from
    1. W.A.G. Col­lec­tion
  30. 2001         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery, Van­cou­ver: Colour­ing the West: A Cen­tury of B.C. Painting
  31. 2001         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery, Van­cou­ver: Van­cou­ver Collects
  32. 2000         Apple­ton Museum of Art, Ocala, Florida: Mod­ern Art at Millenium’s End
  33. 1999         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery, Van­cou­ver: Out of this Century
  34. 1999         Macken­zie Art Gallery, Regina: Trav­el­ling Iden­ti­ties II, East Meets West
  35. 1999         Nickle Art Gallery, Uni­ver­sity of Cal­gary: Impact: Japan­ese and Cana­dian Woodblocks
  36. 1998         Kam­loops Art Gallery, Kam­loops: Home Base
  37. 1997         Glen­bow Museum, Cal­gary: A “Duchampian” Look at The Glen­bow Art Collection
  38. 1997         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery, Van­cou­ver: Con­tem­po­rary Art of B.C.
  39. 1996         UBC, Mor­ris & Helen Belkin Gallery: Recent Acquisitions
  40. 1995         Win­nipeg Art Gallery: Mod­ernism Tri­umphant: Cana­dian Art of the 1960’s
  41. 1994         Uni­ver­sity of Leth­bridge in Cal­gary: Reflect­ing Paradise
  42. 1994         Edmon­ton Art Gallery: Hid­den Val­ues: West­ern Cor­po­ra­tions Collect
  43. 1993         South­ern Alberta Art Gallery, Leth­bridge: Look­ing Back, The First Five Years, 1976–80
  44. 1992         Con­cor­dia Art Gallery, Mon­tréal: Robert Ayre: The Critic and the Collector
  45. 1992         Helen Day Art Cen­ter, Stowe, Ver­mont: Four Cana­dian Artists, Reflec­tions on the Environment
  46. 1992         Win­nipeg Art Gallery: Achiev­ing the Mod­ern, 1950’s
  47. 1992         National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: The Cri­sis of Abstrac­tion in Canada: The 1950’s
    1. toured to Musee du Que­bec, Quebec
  48. 1991         South­ern Alberta Art Gallery, Leth­bridge: Old­man River Expe­di­tion Exhibition
  49. 1990         Pritchard Art Gallery, Uni­ver­sity of Idaho, Moscow
  50. 1990         Paris Gib­son Square Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Art
  51. 1990         Mis­soula Museum of Art, Mis­soula, Montana
  52. 1990         Hokkaido Museum of Mod­ern Art, Japan: Spaces and Places: Eight Decades of Landscape
    1. Paint­ing in Alberta
  53. 1987         McDon­ald Stew­art Art Cen­tre, Guelph: Printshops of Canada: A National Survey
    1. Hamil­ton Artists’ Gallery: Shikataga Nai; toured to Burling­ton and London
  54. 1986         Edmon­ton Art Gallery: Spaces and Places: Eight Decades of Land­scape Paint­ing in Alberta
    1. toured to eight pub­lic gal­leries in Canada
  55. 1984         Mac­In­tosh Gallery, Uni­ver­sity of West­ern Ontario: Yes­ter­day & Today
  56. 1984         National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: Reflections
  57. 1983         Van­cou­ver Art Gallery: Van­cou­ver: Art & Artists 1931 — 1983
  58. 1981         Glen­bow Museum, Cal­gary: Recent Acquisitions
  59. 1980         Red Deer Pub­lic Library: Alber­tas­cape, Selected Works from Alberta Art Foundation
  60. 1980         Not Another Print Show, Alberta 75; a tour­ing show in Alberta, Alberta Art Foundation


Albright-Knox Gallery, Buf­falo, N.Y.
Art Gallery of Greater Vic­to­ria
Art Gallery of Hamil­ton
Art Gallery of Nova Sco­tia
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Art Gallery of Wind­sor
Burn­aby Art Gallery, Burn­aby
Canada Coun­cil, Ottawa
Canada Coun­cil Art Bank, Ottawa
Cleve­land Museum of Art, Cleve­land, Ohio
Seneca Col­lege, Toronto
Edmon­ton Art Gallery, Edmon­ton
Glen­bow Museum, Cal­gary
Kitch­ener Water­loo Art Gallery, Kitch­ener
Kam­loops Art Gallery, Kam­loops
Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna
Lau­rent­ian Museum, Sud­bury
Lon­don Art Gallery, Lon­don, Ontario
MacKen­zie Art Gallery, Regina
Musee d’art Con­tem­po­rain, Mon­tréal
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa
Peter Whyte Gallery, Banff
Robert McLaugh­lin Gallery, Oshawa
Sur­rey Art Gallery, Sur­rey, B.C.
Van­cou­ver Art Gallery
Win­nipeg Art Gallery
The Banff Cen­tre, Banff, Alberta
Car­leton Uni­ver­sity, Ottawa
Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­sity, Sir George Williams Gal­leries, Mon­tréal
Dal­housie Uni­ver­sity, Hal­i­fax
Florida State Uni­ver­sity, Tal­la­has­see, Florida
Memo­r­ial Uni­ver­sity, St. John’s
Mt. Alli­son Uni­ver­sity, Owens Gallery, Sackville, N.B.
Queen’s Uni­ver­sity, Agnes Ether­ing­ton Gallery, Kingston
Red Deer Col­lege, Red Deer, Alberta
Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre and Art Gallery, Char­lot­te­town
Simon Fraser Uni­ver­sity, Burn­aby
Uni­ver­sity of Alberta, Edmon­ton
Uni­ver­sity of British Colum­bia, Van­cou­ver
Uni­ver­sity of Cal­gary
Uni­ver­sity of Guelph
Uni­ver­sity of Leth­bridge
Uni­ver­sity of New Brunswick, Fred­er­ic­ton


Alberta Gas Trunk Com­pany, Cal­gary
Alberta Gov­ern­ment Tele­phones
Alliance Films
Amer­i­can Air­lines
Amoco Canada Petro­leum
Anglo-Canadian Com­pany
Bank of Canada
Bank of Mon­tréal
Bank of Nova Sco­tia
Bell Canada
Ben­nett, Jones, Cal­gary
Ben­son & Hedges, Toronto
Blake Cas­sels, Toronto
Bor­den Elliot Kelly & Part­ners, Toronto
Bras­can Ltd.
Bull, Hauser & Tup­per, Van­cou­ver
Burns Fry, Toronto
CDC Oil & Gas Com­pany
CN Hotels
Canada Per­ma­nent Trust
Cana­dian Impe­r­ial Bank of Com­merce
Cana­dian Pacific
Can­cer Con­trol Agency of B.C., Van­cou­ver
Cen­tral Guar­anty Trust
Chem­i­cal Bank
Cigna Insur­ance
Citi­corp Canada
Clark­son, Gor­don
Coun­cil for Busi­ness & the Arts, Toronto
Credit Foncier
Dean Wit­ter Reynolds
Dofasco Inc.
Dome Petro­leum
Domin­ion Bridge
Dom­tar Chem­i­cals
Dow Chem­i­cals Lim­ited
Eaton Corp.
Ernst & Young
Esso Resources Lim­ited
First City Trust, Toronto
For­mosa Springs Brew­ery, Toronto
Four Sea­sons Hotels, Toronto
Geigy Lim­ited, Mon­tréal
Gell­man, Hay­ward & Assoc.
Good­man & Good­man
Gor­don Secu­ri­ties
Gran­ite Club, Toronto
Green­shields, Toronto
Gulf Oil Canada
H.B.C. Oil & Gas, Cal­gary
Hiram Walker Resources
Her­cules Sling & Machine, Mon­tréal
Impe­r­ial Life Com­pany
Impe­r­ial Oil Com­pany
Inco Canada, Lim­ited
J.C. Pen­ney, New York
J.W. Thomp­son Lim­ited, New York
James Richard­son & Sons, Win­nipeg
Jaris­lowsky Invest­ments, Inc.
Lad­ner Downs
Lan­tos Film
Lib­eral Party of Canada
Loewen, Ondaatje, Toronto
Lon­don Free Press, Lon­don
Mag­na­sonic Lim­ited, Toronto
Marsh & McLen­nan
Mary Kay Cos­met­ics
Mazda Canada
McK­een & Wil­son, Van­cou­ver
McLean Hunter, Toronto
McMil­lan Binch, Toronto
Mid­dle­field Group, Toronto
Mobil Oil
Moore Corp.
Mor­ri­son Petro­leum, Cal­gary
Nabisco, Canada
Nis­san, Canada
North­ern & Cen­tral Gas Com­pany
Okana­gan Skeena Group
Olympia & York Prop­er­ties
Osler, Hoskin & Har­court, Toronto
Ottawa Cit­i­zen, Ottawa
Oxford Devel­op­ment
Pat­ti­son Group
Poly­gon, Van­cou­ver
Poly­sar Canada
Price, Water­house
Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal, Toronto
RBC Domin­ion Secu­ri­ties
Reed Paper Co., Toronto
Rol­land Paper
Roth­mans Lim­ited
Nynex Cor­po­ra­tion, New York
Royal Bank of Canada
Royal Trust Com­pany
Shell Canada Col­lec­tion
Sifton Prop­er­ties
Southam Press, Ottawa
Stelco Lim­ited, Toronto
Sulpetro Resources
Sun Life Insur­ance
Swiss Bank, Toronto
Tex­aco Canada
Tele­globe, Inc.
The Co-operators
The Lon­don Club, Lon­don
Thorne, Rid­dell
Toronto Domin­ion Bank
Tory Tory, Toronto
Trans Alta, Cal­gary
Trans Moun­tain Pipelines
Turbo Resources, Cal­gary
Union Bank of Switzer­land
Van-City Sav­ings
Viceroy Resources
Wood Gundy Lim­ited, Toronto
West­ern Co-op Fer­til­iz­ers, Cal­gary
Win­spear, Hig­gins, Steven­son, Toronto
Xerox Corporation