Painting Northern Snow Scenes for 35 Years
Saturday, March 21st – Sunday, April 19th, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 21st, 4-6pm
This show is supported by the Consulate General of Japan in New York
and New York Seikatsu Press, Inc.
“Northern Fishing Village”
ABOUT MOTOTAKA TAKANO:
Known as a “Japanese Vlaminck,” painter Mototaka Takano exhibits a collection of his large scale oil paintings at the not-for-profit WAH Center (Williamsburg Art and Historical Center), entitled “Painting Northern Snow Scenes for 35 Years.” Supported by the Consulate General of Japan in New York and New York Seikatsu Press, Mototaka Takano’s paintings depict the ocean shores, fishing villages, and markets in Northern Japan, primarily in Tohoku and Hokkaido. His technique reminds viewers of the oeuvre of Maurice de Vlaminck, who was one of the principal figures of the Fauve Movement. Formed in the early 20th century in France, the Fauvists were concerned with vibrant compositions, using bold colors and loose brushwork to create dynamic, expressionistic scenes. In this exhibition, 23 of Takano’s paintings are displayed. His powerful work embodies the bleak, somber nature of the hard life in Northern Japan.