Toshiko Takaezu: The Paintings

  • Exhib_slideshow_toshiko-takaezu_tree-botan

    Toshiko Takaezu, American, 1922-2011. 'Tree Botan,' 1973. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist's family.

November 03, 2011 - April 01, 2012
Honolulu Museum of Art at Chanel Waikiki

Exhibition Overview

While Hawai‘i-born artist Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011) is internationally known for her ceramic works, for a brief period of time in the early 1970s, when she didn’t have a kiln for firing clay, she occupied herself making paintings on canvas. Drawing works from her estate, with three paintings and several large ceramic forms from the museum’s collection, this exhibition of more than 15 works is the first time they have been exhibited publicly together.

Takaezu developed a highly personal, expressive approach to glazing her ceramic works, which have been likened to abstract expressionist paintings on clay. Not surprisingly, her interests in painting on canvas were similar.  The larger area for painting also allowed her to experiment with broad swathes of colors to a greater extent than in her ceramics. Painting with mixed acrylic pigments also allowed her to see immediately what was happening and react accordingly, whereas in glazing ceramics the true colors of only appear after the firing—a “surprise” that Takaezu enjoyed. Once Takaezu again had a kiln, she returned to making only ceramics.

Chanel Boutique Waikiki is at 2116 Kālākaua Avenue, 923-0255.

Gallery Talk: March 20, 5-6pm

Curator James Jensen gives a free public talk about Toshiko Takaezu's paintings.
Please RSVP to Gordon Wong at 921-7706 or