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Equal Terms

Tuesday February 6th, 2018 to
Sunday March 4th, 2018


Sun Feb 11th, 2018 — 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Norman Takeuchi


New Works

Norman Takeuchi’s art is shaped by both his Japanese and Canadian heritage. That bicultural view of how he sees himself results in unique paintings and drawings that resonate with ethnic duality. Norman’s distinctive work employs  two key components: fragments copied from Japanese woodblock prints and the now familiar bold, colourful abstract shapes. Images  of Canadian landscapes and wildlife are also frequent components. While his earlier works display a clear and agitated disconnect between Japanese images and abstract forms, the paintings in this exhibition display a more harmonious blending of these components. “Ultimately I view my work as a statement about coming to terms with being a visible minority and learning to accept and celebrate my ethnic origins,” he says.

Norman is an enthusiastic and dedicated maker of art. His oeuvre demonstrates an evolution that is firmly rooted in the belief that the making of art is an ongoing process of experimentation and invention. His approach is to puzzle and provoke rather than find comfort in repetition and predictability.

Norman’s work has been the subject of numerous interviews, articles and scholarly papers: a Masters research paper (Carleton University) on contemporary art discusses themes of trauma, post-memory and experiences concerning Japanese Internment camps in Canada; an article in the Canadian Military History Journal on recent acquisitions at the Canadian War Museum which acquired his installation, A Measured Act in 2015; an interview with a researcher writing for Landscapes of Injustice on the internment of Japanese Canadians and an interview with a fourth year history student (University of Ottawa) about Norman’s work in the collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

In 2018, Norman’s work will be shown in an exhibit at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and the Royal Ontario Museum on the internment of the Japanese Canadians during WWII.

Norman’s work can be found in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Canadian War Museum, the City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection , Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa Art Gallery, Confederation Gallery, Charlottetown PEI, Mitel Corporation and in private collections internationally. He has received grants from the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council.