Mototaka Takano at the WAH Center!
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Mototaka Takano

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 
New York Seikatsu Press, Inc. 

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. 

In late October 1996, Yuko Nii founded the not-for-profit WAH Center (Williamsburg Art & Historical Center) based upon her Bridge Concept. That concept envisions a multifaceted, multicultural art center whose mission is to coalesce the diverse artistic community, and create a bridge between local, national and international artists, emerging and established artists, and artists of all disciplines. Thus, through the internatinal language of art we come to understand each other to create a more peaceful and integrated world. The WAH Center is a force for peace and understanding and its concept is incorporated in its acronym: “WAH” in Japanese means “peace” or “harmony” or “unity”.

Gallery Hours: Friday-Saturday, 12pm to 6pm
(except on the opening day, Saturday, March 21st, 4-6pm) 
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