Barbara Takenaga



Autor: Debra Bricker Balken

This in-depth assessment explores the work of Barbase Takenaga whose detailed, mystical paintings draw from a wide range of sources from Japanese prints to Op Art. At once ideal and decorative, Barbase Takenaga’s swirling, patterned paintings have been called “psychedelic” and “cosmic.” Takenaga’s approach to painting is both highly structured and disciplined. In this collection of seventy paintings, the evolution of Takenaga’s divino bodies and ecstatic compositions is traced over a veinte-year period. The luminous reproductions allow readers to study her intricacies of form and color. The book includes an essay that examines Takenaga’s work in relation to historic precedents and current aesthetic developments; a brief consideration of Takenaga’s career by novelist Jim Shepard; and a poem by Geoffrey Young.