SEA, SHIPS, BIRDS
These diverse themes in Youichi’s work are understood when it is known that he was born in a city linked to the sea and surrounded by nature. His interest in flora and fauna is a constant in Japanese culture and art.
Youichi is also fascinated by industrial interiors and buildings under construction, he finds them a great personality and more than a painting, he makes them a portrait.
In his works he applies vigorous brushstrokes typical of traditional Japanese calligraphy, achieving a captivating rotundity and gestuality.
Youichi Tanabe (Japan, Kumamoto, 1949) has developed a remarkable career as a painter. His trajectory includes individual exhibitions in Gallery and international Fairs in Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, China, Russia, Japan, Holland, Portugal, Italy and Spain.
His work flows within figuration and in his most recent production, parts of his paintings approach abstraction without losing the suggestions to forms. In this way looking at a Yoichi painting becomes a search for the themes hidden behind provocative suggestions that encourage one to keep searching.
Showing an impeccable balance of composition and chromatic ranges, he executes his works with a masterful mastery of techniques with predominance of oil.
SEA, SHIPS AND PORTS
Youichi Tanabe. Set Sail for… Oil painting, 2016, 150 x 120 cm. (59 x 47,24 in.)
Youichi Tanabe. Fisherman under the Lighthouse, Oil painting, 2016, 100 x 81 cm. (39,37 x 31,89 in.)
Youichi Tanabe. Navigation in the Rain VII, Oil painting, 2007, 162 x 146 cm. (63,78 x 57,48 in.)
Youichi Tanabe. Sphinx Awoken, 2015, Oil painting, 81 x 146 cm. (31,89 x 57,48 in.)
Youichi Tanabe. Moby Dick, Oil painting, 2015, 81 x 146 cm. (31,89 x 57,48 in. )
Youichi Tanabe. Landscape with ships. Oil on canvas, 2018, 146 x 195 cm (57,48 x 76,77 in)
Youichi Tanabe, Priorat Landscape, Oil painting, 2011, 24 x19_cm (9,45 x 7,48 in)
Youichi Tanabe, Night landscape in a Priorat garden, Oil painting, 2011, 27 x 22 cm (10,62 x 8,66 in)
Youichi Tanabe, Study for rain cloud over the hill, Oil painting, 2014, 33 x 24 cm (13 x 9,45 in)
Youichi Tanabe, Woman in the woods, Oil painting, 2019, 22 x 27 cm (8,66 x 10,63 in)
BIRDS, AND NATURE
Youichi Tanabe. Treetop with hidden birds, Oil painting, 2016, 54 x 73 cm. ( 45,66 x 36,22 in.)
Youichi Tanabe. Big Tree with birds in the Lagoon, Oil painting, 2017, 81 x 100 cm. (31,88 x 39,37 in.)
Youichi-Tanabe, Birds in a bush, Oil painting, 2018, 51 x 27_cm (20 x 10,63 in)
Youichi Tanabe. Man among Birds, Oil painting, 2017, 97 x 130 cm. (38,19 x 51,18 in.)
Youichi Tanabe. Tropical Rainforest, Oil painting, 2015
WORKS ON PAPER
Youichi Tanabe. Landscape with mine, Mixed media, 2006, 51 x 66 cm. ( 20 x 26 in.) Private collection
Youichi Tanabe. After the Deluge, Mixed media, 2006, 51 x 66 cm. (20 x 26 in.)
Youichi Tanabe. Persons, Mixed media, 2004, 51 x 66 cm. (20 x 26 in.) Private collection
“Since 2012 I am engaged in studying my work again, naturally through painting new works. Subject matter is almost the same like before: ships, landscapes with birds, flowers, etc.
If the history of fine art, particularly painting is a growing tree, there is a tall tree rising when we see the past (and maybe today). Every branch and all the leaves are great masters and many unknown painters, including the ones of Altamira or Lascoau. This tree rooted deep and the roots suck up water from the soil of the field.
After the Second World War, ist this tree still growing? Or is there no more growth? I am not sure about this. We are already in the epilogue of this long history.
I hope to walk near the tree a little more, and eagerly listen its murmur. It seems like an old artisan is looking for something, maybe a milestone somewhere on a foggy field. With a toolbox? Of course this is vital for the quality of his work.
I think what I just wrote about is too abstract and I continue painting with traditional materials, techniques and concept. Perhaps I only talked about an artisan spirit and he is only thinking while he is working.”
YOUICHI TANABE. BIO
1949 Born in Kumamoto, Japan
1957 Moved to Tokyo
1972 Graduated from Waseda-University with a degree in political science
1974 Received a Master’s Degree in human anatomy for art from the Fine Art University of Tokyo.
1975-1978 Worked at the National Diet Library Tokyo
1979-1986 Six exhibitions of his work in Toky
1986-1988 Taught drawing at Bunka Fashion College Tokyo
1988 First exhibition of his work in Spain held in Barcelona
1989 Moved to Spain
1989-1990 22 exhibitions in Belguim, Denmark, Japan and Spain
1990-2014 Has shown his artwork fifteen times in the Art Fairs of Spain, Holland, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, China and Russia.
2018 Miramar Cultural Center, Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
2013-2017 Patrons Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2012 Tasneem Gallery. Barcelona, Spain
2009 Tasneem Gallery. Barcelona, Spain
2008 Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Compemporanea, Città de Firenze
2004 Tavira Gallery. Bilbao, Spain
2003 Tavira Gallery. Bilbao, Spain
2002 Maria Salvat Gallery. Barcelona, Spain
2000 Sala Magenta Gallery. Vilanova I la Geltrú, Spain
1999 Tavira Gallery. Bilbao, Spain
1999 Sala Magenta Gallery. Vilanova I la Geltrú, Spain
1997 Kreisler Gallery. Madrid, Spain
1996 Tavira Gallery. Bilbao, Spain
1995 La Petit Galerie. Brussels, Belgium
1994 Zenhid Gallery. Madrid, Spain
1994 Tavira Gallery. Bilbao, Spain
1992 Tavira Gallery. Bilbao, Spain
1992 Lemia Art Gallery. Sitges, Spain
1991 Tavira Gallery. Bilbao, Spain
1991 SKY Art Gallery. Tokyo, Japan
1991 Novart Gallery. Madrid, Spain
1991 Elisa Cendrero Museum. Ciudad Real, Spain
1990 Art Plaza Gallery. Tokyo, Japan
1989 Yolanda Rios Gallery, Sala Cezanne. Barcelona, Spain
1980-86 Six exhibitions in three Galleries. Tokio, Japan
2012 SHANGHAI Art Fair. China
2010 ARTGENÈVE. Geneva, Switzerland
2010 The 1st URAL Industrial Biennale. Ekaterinburg, Russia
2009 FLORENCE BIENNALE. Florence, Italy
2008 INDIA ART FAIR. New Delhi. India
2007 FLORENCE BIENNALE. Florence, Italy
2004 DEN HAAG. Holland
2004 ART SEVILLA, Spain
2003 ARTEXPO. Barcelona, Spain
2003 EXPO ARTESORIL. Portugal
2002 ARTEXPO. Barcelona, Spain
2001 ARTEXPO. Barcelona, Spain
2000 ARTEXPO. Barcelona, Spain
1999 ARTEXPO. Barcelona, Spain
1999 ART IBIZA. Spain
1997 ARTEXPO. Barcelona, Spain
1994 “JapanskeKunstrere I Europa”, GL HOLTEGARD Museum, Denmark
1994 Art Santander ’94, Spain
1993 Art Santander ’93, Spain
1989 BIAF ’89 Barcelona, Spain
1989 Interarte ’89 Valencia, Spain