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January 12, 2019

Official Opening of Iwasaki's New Permanent Public Artwork Bokeh at Kildonan Park Pond in Winnipeg, Canada

>>> More images of Bokeh

CTV News Winnipeg
>>> Iwasaki's TV appearance on CTV News Winnipeg on January 09, 2019

Two years in making, Iwasaki's new permanent public artwork Bokeh, created in collaboration with Nadi Design, is officially open to the public at Kildonan Park Pond in Winnipeg, Canada.

The site features the Modernist Peguis Pavilion Building built in the 1960s and a pond which turns into an ice skating rink in winter. Bokeh was inspired by the shape of Arco Lamp, the iconic floor lamp designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, also in the 1960s, to echo the symbolism of the era, while expressing the shapes, forms, and a strong message of playfulness and joy which are often carried through Iwasaki's artworks.

Bokeh is not only a public artwork, but is also three functioning light standards which illuminate the ice skating surface and its surroundings in rainbow-coloured light sequences. Bokeh transforms the white nightscape of the park in winter to an unforgetable rainbow-coloured magical world.

Bokeh is a collection of the City of Winnipeg, and the project was funded through the Winnipeg Arts Council Inc.

Takashi Iwasaki (artist) and Nadi Design (landscape architect)
Powder-coated steel, aluminum, acrylic, LED lighting, Concrete

Kildonan Park
2015 Main Street,
Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Canada R2V 2B9

>>> More images of Bokeh

November 30, 2018

A Group Exhibition Behind Closed Doors at Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, Canada

Winnipeg Free Press, December 01, 2018
Click to enlarge: Article on Winnipeg Free Press, December 01, 2018, page A2

Iwasaki's work is shown as part of a group exihibition Behind Closed Doors at Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, Canada.

November 30, 2018 - Spring 2019

Behind Closed Doors

Opening reception:
Friday, November 30, 2018, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Winnipeg Art Gallery
300 Memorial Boulevard,
Winnipeg, Manitoba,
R3C 1V1 Canada

Behind Closed Doors was curated by Jaimie Isaac

September 22, 2018

A Solo Exhibition and Artist Talk at NorVA Centre, Flin Flon, Canada

Iwasaki's work is exhibited at NorVA Centre in Flin Flon, Canada.

September 22 - October 31, 2018

NorVA Centre
177 Green Street,
Flin Flon, Manitoba,
R8A 0G5 Canada

Artist talk:
Saturday, September 29, 2018

July 06, 2018

A Solo Exhibition at the Edge Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada

Iwasaki's work is exhibited at the Edge Gallery in Winnipeg, Canada.

July 6 - 31, 2018

The Edge Gallery
611 Main St,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 1E1, Canada

Closing reception:
Friday, July 27, 2018, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

June 27, 2018

Bike Lane Painting in the Exchange District, Winnipeg, Canada

>>> More images of the Bike Lane

As part of public announcement of newly completed bike lanes in the Exchange District in Winnipeg, Canada, Iwasaki has painted one block of the bike lane on McDermot Avenue (between King Street and Princess Street). Several other artists also painted other blocks of the bike lanes in this project. With the active bike traffic and weathering these paintings are intended not to last for a long time; but rather meant to be a friendly introduction of the active transportation to the public. Ride away while they last!

264 McDermot Avenue,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 0S8, Canada

>>> More images of the Bike Lane

May 01, 2018

Featured in Embroidery Magazine in the U.K.

Embroidery Magazine, the U.K., May - June 2019 Issue
Click to enlarge the image.

Embroidery Magazine in the U.K. features Iwasakai and his work in their May/June 2018 Issue. Iwasaki's embroidery piece Tsuriboschdelight adorns the cover, and six pages are given for an extensive interview and images of Iwasaki's embroidery works. The interview and article by Jane Audas.

Embroidery Magazine is published by the Embroiderers' Guild, which was established in 1906 as the Society of Certificated Embroideresses, founded by 16 graduates of the Royal School of Art Needlework in England.

Recent issues of Embroidery Magazine focus exclusively on contemporary embroidery artists and their artworks, which set them apart from most embroidery-related magazines in the world, which tend to focus on embroidery as a traditional craft and hobby.

July 26, 2017

Featured in Radio-Canada - Mural Painting for Canada Summer Games 2017 at the Forks in Winnipeg, Canada

CBC News Manitoba
>>> Iwasaki's TV appearance on Radio-Canada on July 26, 2017

Here's is another video clip by Radio-Canada (French) on the 12-metre-wide mural painting project by Kenneth Lavallee and Iwasaki for Canada Summer Games 2017 at the Forks in Winnipeg, Canada.

This project is organized by Synonym Art Consultation.

>>> View the video on Radio-Canada's page on Facebook

July 25, 2017

Mural Painting for Canada Summer Games 2017 at the Forks in Winnipeg, Canada

CBC News Manitoba
>>> Iwasaki's TV appearance on CBC News Manitoba on July 25, 2017

Kenneth Lavallee and Iwasaki together create a 12-meter wide mural painting for Canada Summer Games 2017 at the Forks in Winnipeg, Canada.

This project is organized by Synonym Art Consultation.

>>> View the video on CBC News Manitoba's website

June 26, 2017

Mural Painting in Churchill, Canada

Churchill Pumphouse
>>> More images of mural painting on the Pumphouse in Churchill

As part of PangeaSeed Foundation's Sea Walls Mural Painting Projects, Iwasaki, among 17 other artists from around the world, has painted the Pumphouse in the subarctic town of Churchill, Canada.

Painted on the Pumphouse, the building which pumps out water to the people in Churchill, this mural painting symbolizes the importance of flow of water which gives life to every living thing on this planet.

Kelsey Boulevard at Rosabella Lake Avenue,
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

>>> More images of mural painting on the Pumphouse in Churchill

October 30, 2016

A Group Exhibition It Took A While at Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.

My embroidery piece will be displayed as part of a group exihibition It Took A While at Harry Wood Gallery in Arizona State Univeristy, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A..

November 7 - 18, 2016

It Took A While

Opening reception:
Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.
Hosted by Fiber Arts Network
Curated by Molly Koehn and Erika Lynne Hanson

September 19, 2016

Featured on CBC Arts (TV) in Canada

CBC Arts 20160919
>>> View the video on YouTube

CBC Arts tells Iwasaki's life story: moving to Winnipeg from Japan to study in the art school, establishing himself as an artist in his new "hometown", starting a new generation as a family, and his future endeavours...

April 14, 2014

New images and information added to the website

New images and information are added to the website. Most pages are updated. Sections such as "Mural Paintings" and "Public Art" are new additions.

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February 05, 2014

Two Mural Painting Projects

Graffiti Gallery
109 Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

A collaborative project with Motreal-based group En Masse and other Winnipeg artists

The entire mural painting done on the interior of Graffiti Gallery can be seen on Google Maps.

Sanko Trading Co.
730 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A collaborative project with Tim Fukakusa, Ken Galloway, Mitsuo Kimura, Darcy Obokata and Shogo Okada.
Sponsors: Sanko Trading Co., National Association of Japanese Canadians, and Toronto Arts Council

January 24, 2014

Solo Show at the Edge Village and Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada

January 24 - February 7, 2014

New collages, paintings, and embroidery works

Closing reception:
Friday, February 7, 7pm - 10pm

The Edge Village and Gallery
210-611 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 1E1 Canada

April 11, 2013

Un Uncommon Thread - Featured on Shaw TV Winnipeg in Canada

Shaw TV Winnipeg
>>> View the video on YouTube

Shaw TV Winnipeg tells a story about Iwasaki's embroidery works and the process and ideas behind them.

Jan 22, 2012:

New embroidery and paintings

Images of new embroidery and paintings are added to this website.

Jan 21, 2012:

One Picture on the Wall at Parlour Coffee, Winnipeg, Canada.

Iwasaki's new painting Palarilavelorimokkie will be displayed at his favorite coffee house in town, Parlour Coffee, proudly owned and operated by his friend Nils Vik. The aim of this project is to bring warmth to Winnipeg's [in]famous cold winter days with the painting, great coffee, and smiles of people who gather there. Come on board; share your laughter and smile!

Buns from Jonnies Sticky Buns will be served as complimentary at the opening reception. Yum yum. It's worth coming even just for the buns :-)

January 27 - March 10, 2012

Opening reception:
Friday, January 27, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
NOTE: Iwasaki will be present at the reception.

Parlour Coffee
468 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Dec 23, 2011:

Solo Exhibition at Small Works Gallery at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Winnipeg, Canada.

Iwasaki's collages (over 15 pieces) are going to be shown in a solo exhibition at Small Works Gallery at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

January 9 - February 5, 2012

The World We Live In and Beyond (Solo Exhibition)

Opening reception:
Monday, January 9, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
NOTE: Iwasaki will be present at the reception.

McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park
Prairie Ink Restaurant
1120 Grant Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3M 2A6 Canada

Shortly after 7:30pm a violinist and composer John Racaru will perform an eight-minute solo violin composition, which he composed based on Iwasaki's painting called Heatness.
Below are the titles of descriptive movements in the composition:

1. The Wind of the Sea
2. Children of Soul
3. Afternoon
4. The Conversation
5. Samurai
7. The Birds
8. High in the Sky

Visit John Racaru's website for more information about him and his projects:

Oct 12, 2011:

Group Exhibition at Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Manhattan, NY.

Iwasaki's 8 embroidery pieces and 3 paintings are going to be shown in a group exhibition at Jenkins Johnson Gallery.

November 3 - December 23

Full Fathom Five (Group Exhibition)

Opening reception:
Thursday, November 3, 6pm - 8pm
NOTE: Iwasaki and his partner Shih-Han will be present at the reception.
Come and join us!

Full Fathom Five exhibition press release (PDF file)

Jenkins Johnson Gallery
521 W 26th Street, 5th floor
New York, NY, 10001, U.S.A.

Iwasaki's travel to the opening reception in NYC is made possible with the generous support of the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

Oct 12, 2011:

Three Publications

Iwasaki's works were featured in the following three publications:

Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery
By Leanne Prain.
Published in September, 2011 by Arsenal Pulp.

Fiberarts Magazine
Summer 2011 Issue.
Page 64.

The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game
By Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski, and Matt Lamothe.
Foreword by Dave Eggers.
Published in August, 2010 by Chronicle Books.

August 09, 2011:

Interviewed by CBC Manitoba Scene (Manitoba, Canada)

Iwasaki was interviewed by CBC Manitoba Scene about his artistic life in Winnipeg, Canada. ››› Read the article

July 29, 2011:

New sculpture and collages

Images of new sculptures and collages are added to this website.

July 29, 2011:

Hovercraft (Group Exhibition) at aceartinc., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Iwasaki's mixed-media sculpture and embroidery pieces will be displayed in this exhibition.

August 4 - September 26, 2011

Hovercraft (Group Exhibition)

Opening reception:
Thursday, August 4, 7pm -
Curatorial talk:
Thursday, August 11, 7pm -

2nd Floor, 290 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 0T2 Canada

July 15, 2011:

VERY FUN PARK 2011 - Taipei, Taiwan

Iwasaki is participating to VERY FUN PARK 2011, an annual contemporary art exhibition that spreads out into different urban spaces in East District in Taipei, Taiwan, organized by Fubon Art Foundation. His work will be exhibited in two different locations:

July 23 - September 30, 2011

Location 1:
9, Alley 27, Lane 216, ZhongXiao E. Road Sec.4, Taipei, Taiwan

Location 2:
Taipei Fubon Bank (An-He Branch)
169 Ren-Ai Road Sec. 4, Taipei, Taiwan

Please make a visit if you are in Taipei!

For more information about VERY FUN PARK 2011 contact Fubon Art Foundation.

July 15, 2011:

Published in a book - Ruby: Otherworldliness

Iwasaki's works are published in a book Ruby: Otherworldliness.

Publisher: Gestalten
Editor: Irana Douer
Release Date: April 2011
Format: 21 x 26 cm
Features: 240 pages, full color, flexicover
ISBN: 978-3-89955-343-7

Ruby presents captivating work at the nexus of contemporary visual culture and art that is connected by the underlying theme of otherworldliness. Whether in the form of fantastically realistic photography, alluring illustration and painting, impossible spaces, or bizarre sculpture, the 65 featured artists explore the direction of visual expression for the time to come.

For more information about the book and purchase or the book, visit Gestalten's website at http://shop.gestalten.com/ruby.htm

May 14, 2011:

Illustrated Type (Group Exhibition) at Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, California, U.S.A.

May 14 - June 6, 2011

Illustrated Type (Group Exhibition)

Opening reception:
Saturday, May 14, 7pm - 11pm

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street
Alhambra, California
91801 U.S.A.

March 02, 2011:

Hovercraft (Group Exhibition) at Portage and District Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada

March 02 - April 30, 2011

Hovercraft (Group Exhibition)

Opening reception:
Thursday, March 10, 7pm -

Portage and District Arts Centre
11-2nd Street NE
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
R1N 1R8 Canada

November 30, 2010:

Solo Exhibition of Embroidery Work at Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

November 30 - December 31, 2010
Memories in Color
Opening reception:
Saturday, December 04, 2pm - 4pm
Elliott Louis Gallery
#1-258 East 1st Avenue,
Vancouver, Birtish Columbia, Canada
V5T 1A6

October 22, 2010:

Two-person Exhibition at Gallery Lacosse, Winnipeg, Canada

October 22, 2010 - End Date not Announced
Colour Play (Two-person Exhibition)
Works by Dan Donaldson and Takashi Iwasaki
Opening reception:
Friday, October 22, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Gallery Lacosse
169 Lilac Street,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3M 2S1

July 29, 2010:

Two-person Exhibition at Golden City Fine Art, Winnipeg, Canada

July 30 - August 30, 2010
Tenten... Kropki... Dots... (Two-person Exhibition)
Works by Ewa Tarsia and Takashi Iwasaki
Opening reception:
Friday, July 30, 7:00pm until late
Golden City Fine Art
211 Pacific Avenue,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

July 02, 2010:

The Jessica Stuart Few - Kid Dream

Iwasaki's embroidery works is on the Jessica Stuart Few's CD album Kid Dream.

Visit Jessica Stuart's website to listen to the music:

June 10, 2010:

Two-person Exhibition at Elliott Louis Gallery in Vancouver, Canada

July 15 - August 7, 2010
Charcoal and Thread (Two-person Exhibition)
Drawn works by Mary Hrbacek and Takashi Iwasaki
Curated by Lynn Ruscheinsky
Opening reception:
Wednesday, July 21, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Curator talk:
Saturday, July 24, 4:00pm
Elliott Louis Gallery Inc.
#1-258 East 1st Avenue,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Elliott Louis Gallery joins this year's Drawn Festival [in Vancouver, Canada] with a two-person exhibition that brings together iconic charcoal drawings of trees by New York artist Mary Hrbacek and the whimsically surreal drawings in thread by Winnipeg's Takashi Iwasaki.

To Mary Hrbacek a tree is a thing of spiritual sustenance and renewal. Her trees endowed with human-like qualities become the embodiment of mankind's condition: the rising sap is the spirit of life, sexuality and regeneration, the barren winter branches and broken limbs foretell of immanent ecological disaster, disease and death. Hrbacek's trees exert a powerful emotional influence.

The biomorphic forms and imaginative abstractions that Takashi Iwasaki has envisioned demonstrate a light-hearted playful sense of humor and optimism. With an intense use of color, fanciful shapes, and a wide array of media, Iwasaki has created a body of provocative work using pencil, paint, collage and embroidery that is overflowing with imagination, intense beauty, and elegance.

While stylistically and thematically diverse both Hrbacek and Iwasaki create works with the belief that art can exist as the most powerful and most beautiful medium of human communication.

April 10, 2010:

New images

New paintings and embroidery pieces are added to the website.

March 30, 2010:

Group Exhibition at Mount Ida College in Main, U.S.A.

March 30 - May 02, 2010
Drawing in Thread: Contemporary Embroidery (Group Exhibition)
Curated by John Tricomi & Kathleen Driscoll
Opening reception:
Thursday, April 08, 5pm - 7pm
Mount Ida College - the Gallery
777 Dedham Street
Newton, MA 02459, U.S.A.

Traditionally, embroidery is a decorative embellishment made with a needle and thread on textiles. This exciting exhibition includes the work of 19 contemporary artists who push the boundaries of the traditional meaning of embroidery. Traditional and non traditional techniques of embroidery are used to explore historical, political, personal and humorous iconographies. Works include a bounty of color and line as found in drawn landscapes, Miro like paintings and wall and floor installations held together in space by thread. These artists offer an exciting new vision of embroidery. Curated by John Tricomi and Kathleen Driscoll.

November 21, 2009:

Winter Warmer at aceartinc.

Iwasaki's three collages will be shown as a part of member group exhibition at aceartinc.

Guy Maddin's new film the Little White Cloud that Cried will be shown from 10pm. It's the Winnipeg premiere! (Free admission)

November 28 - December 12, 2009
Winter Warmer (Member Group Exhibition)
Opening reception:
Saturday, November 28, 8pm - late
2nd Floor, 290 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3B 0T2

October 25, 2009:

Current Exhibition in France +
Two Publications in USA and Australia

October 10 - November 22, 2009
Sur le fil, deviances textiles (Group Exhibition)
Maison folie Wazemmes
70, rue des Sarrazins
59000 Lille, France

I Make Stuff
Works by 29 artists
140 pages, full color, softcover limited edition
Available through handmadelife (Australia)

Lines & Shapes Volume Nine
Works by 7 artists
15.2 x 23.5cm, 68 pages, perfect bound, digital output, full color throughout
Available through Lines & Shapes (USA)

October 21, 2009:

Upcoming Exhibitions in Winnipeg and Austin (Texas)

November 6 - December 6, 2009
Over and Under (Group Exhibition) (Curated by Jenny Hart)
Opening reception:
Friday, November 6, 7pm -
Yard Dog Gallery
1510 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas
U.S.A 78704

November 10, 2009 - January 15, 2010
Legends, Heroes, Myths, and Such... (Group Exhibition)
Opening reception:
Tuesday, November 10, 8pm - 11pm
Graffiti Gallery
109 Higgins Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3B 0B5

October 6, 2009:

Art with Heart: A Fundraiser for Casey House

Iwasaki's embroidered piece Kazagurutarpawadendou will be on display among other artists' works at Edward Day Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will be auctioned through Art with Heart: A Fundraiser for Casey House.

Visit the website of Art with Heart: A Fundraiser for Casey House for more details.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Reception: 5:30pm / Auction: 7:00pm The Carlu
444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tickets $125

Free Public Previews:
October 27 - 29, 2009
10:00am - 6:00pm Daily
Edward Day Gallery
952 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

June 26, 2009:

Illustration for Air Canada enRoute Magazine

Iwasaki's three embroidered pieces are featured in June 2009 issue of Air Canada's enRoute Magazine to accompany Invertebrate Poems by Jim Johnstone.

Visit the online version of enRoute Magazine to read the poems and view the images.

March 24, 2009:

Cancellation of Vancouver Show

The solo show scheduled from April 11 to May 2, 2009 at Atelier Gallery in Vancouver is cancelled for an unprecedented circumstance.

February 24, 2009:

50 Embroidery Pieces

50 embroidery pieces are added to the Embroidery sectoin of this website.

February 02, 2009:

Upcoming Exhibitions in Toronto and Vancouver

February 06 - March 01, 2009
LE CINQ (Group Exhibition)
Opening reception:
Friday, February 06, 7pm - 10pm
LE Gallery
1183 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6J 1X3

April 11 - May 02, 2009
Solo Exhibition
Opening reception: Saturday, April 11
Atelier Gallery
2421 Granville Street
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6H 3G5

October 23, 2008:

Group Exhibition at Giant Robot NY

October 11 - November 5, 2008
Hold Tight (twelve-person group show)
Giant Robot NY
437 East 9th Street
New York, New York
USA 10009

August 08, 2008:

Upcoming Exhibitions

September 25 - October 19, 2008
A Visual Diary (Solo Exhibition)
LE Gallery
1183 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6J 1X3

December 4 - December 7, 2008
Aqua Art Miami - Aqua Wynwood
42 NE 25th Street (at North Miami Avenue)
Miami, Florida, USA 33137
with Conduit Gallery

August 08, 2008:

Cover Illustration for Canadian Dimension Magazine

Iwasaki has illustrated the cover of Canadian Dimension Magazine September/October issue. The magazine will be in store soon. For more information about the magazine please visit thier website http://www.canadiandimension.com/

August 08, 2008:

CD Cover Illustration for the Duhks

Iwasaki has illustrated the CD cover of a musical bank the Duhks. Their CD will be released on August 19, 2008. For more information about the band, please visit thier website http://duhks.com/

May 20, 2008:

On Publications

Iwasaki's works and articles about Iwasaki were / will be published through the following media:

ELLE Decoration UK
A two-page-spread embroidered illustration for an article, decor/interior magazine in the UK

Portland Center Stage
A brochur cover design for the 2008/2009 season, a theater company in Portland, Oregon, USA

G.Love Magazine
Appears as a featured artist, a Winnipeg-base art and culture magazine in Canada

Selvedge Magazine
A featured article, a textile magazine in the UK

Textiel Plus
A featured interview article, a textile magazine in the Netherlands

Once More with Feeling
A limited edition art magazine, Melbourne, Australia

May 18, 2008:


New Abbies are added to the webstie.

April 30, 2008:

Current Exhibitions and Upcoming Exhibitions

June 21 - July 19, 2008
Embroidered Memories (Solo Exhibition)
Opening reception: Saturday, June 21, 2008, 17:00 - 20:00
Conduit Gallery
1626 C Hi Line Dr.
Dallas, Texas, USA 75207

June 12 - August 14, 2008
Solo Exhibition
Opening reception: Thursday, June 12, 19:00 - 23:00
Gallery 803
803 Erin Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3G 2W2

June 07 - End date TBA, 2008
HQ Turns Two! (Group Exhibition)
Opening reception: Saturday, June 07, 2008, 18:00 - 23:00
Headquarters Galerie + Boutique
1649 rue. Amherst
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H2L 3L4

May 30 - June 01, 2008
Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (Art Fair)
333 First Avenue
Dallas, Texas, USA 75227
with Conduit Gallery
1626 C Hi Line Dr.
Dallas, Texas, USA 75207

April 25 - May 7, 2008
In Transit (Group Exhibition)
Outworks Gallery
3rd Floor, 290 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3B 0T2

April 18 - May 20, 2008
Colors (Solo Exhibition)
McGarry Guild Gallery
St. John's-Ravenscourt School
400 South Dr.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 3K5

February 09, 2007:


New Paintings and Embroidery pieces are added to the webstie.

January 31, 2008:

Coming Up: A Group Show in Toronto, Canada

Iwasaki's work will be a part of group show in Toronto, Canada:

February 1 - 24, 2008
Oh Eight!
Opening reception: Friday, February 1, 7PM - 10PM
LE Gallery
1183 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6J 1X3

January 29, 2008:

A Blog with the University of Manitoba


Iwasaki has been posting blog entries in conjunction with the University of Manitoba, where he has completed his fine arts education from. There are total of 16 current students and alumni from the univeristy who are participating to this blogging to write about their daily lives - how it is like to be the students or graduates of the University of Manitoba. If you got some time, take a peek at thier lives at http://itsmyfuture.ca.

January 04, 2008:

Coming Up: 2 Group Shows

Iwasaki's work will be a part of group shows in Hollywood, CA., U.S.A. and Vancouver, B.C., Canada:

January 28 - February 16, 2008
Isolating Inspiration (Group Exhibition)
Opening reception: Saturday, February 2, 2PM - 4PM
Atelier Gallery
2421 Granville Street
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6H 3G5

January 19 - February 23, 2008
First Anniversary Group Show - Time Flies (Group Exhibition)
Opening reception: Saturday, January 19, 5PM - 8PM
Tinlark Gallery
Crossroads of the World
6671 Sunset Boulevard, #1512
Hollywood, CA., U.S.A. 90028

October 30, 2007:


New Paintings and Embroidery pieces are added to the webstie.

October 02, 2007:

News and Olds (Upcoming and Past Takashi-related Events)

Iwasaki's artworks will appear/have appeared in 6 different places/media in a row! Please check out the ones you can!
Iwasaki has attended the opening reception at Giant Robot NY (New York) on Saturday, September 15th.

September 14, 15, and 16, 2007
Affair at the Jupiter Hotel (Art Fair in Portland, Oregon, USA)
Through Motel Gallery (http://motelgallery.com)

Septermber 15 - October 17, 2007
Opening reception: Saturday, September 15, 6:30PM - 10:00PM
A group exhibition "Snack Isle" at Giant Robot NY (New York, NY, USA)
Giant Robot NY
437 E. 9th St.
New York, NY 10009

Fall/Winter 2007 (September)
GalleriesWest Magazine
(Western Canada - interviewed and written by Amy Karlinsky)
PDF version is also available on the web: http://www.gallerieswest.ca/ftp/PDFArchives/GWest_Fall07.pdf

October 2007
Walrus Magazine (Illustration in October issue)

October 11 - December 06, 2007
Opening reception: Saturday, October 11, 8:00PM - 12:00AM
A group exhibition "Drawing Attention" at Graffiti Gallery (Winnipeg, MB, Canada)
Graffiti Gallery
109 Higgins Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3B 0B5

October 25 - 29, 2007
Toronto International Art Fair (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Through LE Gallery (http://le-gallery.ca)

June 17, 2007:

Commissioned by New York Times Magazine

Iwasaki's embroidery piece is going to be published in Sunday, June 17th issue of New York Times Magazine, in a section called "The Funny Pages" as an illustration for an article. It's a weekly magazine, so it'll be only available for the week! Search bookstores and kiosks in your village for a copy! Ready, set, go!!! - not yet until June 17th, by the way :)

It should be available for viewing on the web of New York Times Magazine at http://www.nytimes.com/pages/magazine/ between June 17th and 23rd too.
(Search under "The Funny Pages")

April 06, 2007:

Pretty in Pink by ULTRA (Fashion Design Culture) in Portland, Oregon

ULTRA: Fashion Design Culture PDX in Portland, Oregon also has written a comment about Iwasaki with a short review of the group show "White Light" at Motel Gallery, which Iwasaki is currently a part of.

To read the article, go to

April 05, 2007:

Letter from Winnipeg by Guy Maddin

Canadian Filmmaker Guy Maddin has written a nice comment about Iwasaki and his gallery Semai Gallery for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as a part of his experiences in Winnipeg. To read the full article, and know more about Winnipeg through Guy's eye, go to www.cbc.ca/arts/artdesign/winnipeg.html

... In the afternoon I rise to visit one of my favorite art spots in this drizzly burg, Takashi Iwasakifs Semai Gallery, oddly located within another gallery - the Keepsake - or rather in the long narrow hallway leading to the Keepsakefs washrooms. Takashifs ingenious use of this overlooked and unwanted space is heartbreakingly charming, and the watercolours by Patrick Dunford look all the more wonderful for this curious mounting.

April 05, 2007:

White Light:
A Group Exhibition at Motel Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Sorry for not updating this website for a long time - too long! I was busy working on different projects, including my new collaborative project with a writer Aldona Dziedziejko, called WFI & Co.

Now (as of March 29th) I'm in Chelsea, Michigan, visiting my friends, then from April 2nd till 6th, I'm going to be in Portland, Oregon to attend an opening reception for a group exhibition, of which I'm a part of, at Motel Gallery, Portland, Oregon. If you live near the gallery, please drop by! I'll be there for the opening.

Well, this is my news for now! I'll upload more images of my work when I'm back from the trip! I've got a lot to update.

--- Takashi

December 13, 2006:

New Collages Added

December 15, 2006:

Triple Exposure: A Fundraiser of Multiples & Party at Platform

Three Abbies are going to be exhibited and auctioned out at Platform Centre for Photographic & Digital Arts (121-100 Arthur St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) for fundraising for the gallery on Dec 15, 7PM. Works by over 50 artists (three pieces each) are donated to this event. Ticket is $40 at Platform.

All the works for the auction are viewable on December 13, 14 & 15. For details, visit http://platformgallery.org

November 24, 2006:

New Paintings Added

November 20, 2006:

New Collages Added

Dec. 02 - 16, 2006:

Before-Xmas Exhibition at Semai Gallery

Semai Gallery, directed by Iwasaki, is presenting a collection of small works by over 10 local artists at a time. Opening reception takes place during the same hours as Ace Art Inc.'s opening reception for the Winter Warmer (which is happening only half a block away from Semai Gallery), so you can easily check out both galleries at a night. Get two birds with one stone, and find the best Xmas gifts ever!

Semai Gallery's affiliating gallery, Keepsakes Gallery of Winnipeg Inc., which is right next door, is also having Christmas Openhouse from 3 - 7PM this day, featuring local musicians and their gallery members' eclectic works! This is definately worth checking too! With this, now you can get three birds with one stone!

For more information about Before-Xmas Exhibition, visit Semai Gallery's website: http://takashiiwasaki.info/semaigallery/

Before-Xmas Exhibition
December 02 - 16, 2006

Opening reception:
December 02, 7PM - Late!

Works (available for sale) by
Jennifer Arenson
Derek Brueckner
Paul Butler
Daphne Enns
Cliff Eyland
Adrian Gorea
Takashi Iwasaki
Leala Katz
Craig Love
Shaun Morin
Paul Robles
Don Ritson
Cyrus Smith
Leslie Supnet
Seth Woodyard

Semai Gallery
Basement Corridor, 264 McDermot Avenue,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 0S8
+1-204-943-2446 (Keepsakes Gallery of Winnipeg, Inc. - the affiliated gallery)
+1-204-275-5471 (after hours)
Web: http://takashiiwasaki.info/semaigallery/
Location on the map: Google Map

Dec. 02 - 09, 2006:

The Winter Warmer at Ace Art Inc.

Ace Art Inc.'s popular annual member exhibition, the Winter Warmer is back this year again! Over 75 members of Ace Art Inc. are participating to this art exhibition. The display format is going to be the traditional salon style: a bunch of works hung on walls right next to each other! Most of the works on display are for sale. Iwasaski will have three paintings in this exhibition.

Every year a lot of local artists and people who are interested in art come to the opening night. You're all invited! Join us and get together - make our winter warm! Or rather hot?!

The Winter Warmer
December 02 - 09, 2006

Opening reception:
December 02, 7PM - Late!

Ace Art Inc.
2nd Floor, 290 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 0T2
Tel: +1-204-944-9763
Fax: +1-204-944-9101
Web: http://aceart.org
Location on the map: Google map

Nov. 23 - 25, 2006:

Fabulous Fakes 2006, Fundraiser at Plug In ICA

This year's theme for the annual fundraiser for Plug In ICA, one of the most important contemporary art institutions in Winnipeg, is Pop Art and the 60's art. Various local, national, and international artists created works for this event with a "twist" of historical pop artists' ideas, forms, and visual elements.

Silent auction is the format of this fundraising, and bidding is already taking place on Plug In ICA's website: http://plugin.org. Most of the works are viewable on the website, so click your mouse and go on! And be sure to attend the party for this event, where the winners of the auction will be called, and you can see the real works in front of you, on November 25th! Chatting, looking at works, mingling..., it'll be a fun night! Come all!

Iwasaki's work Lichtenten, shown on the official poster for this event, is one of the auction items. All the items starts from $250 with an incriment of $10.

Fabulous Fakes 2006
November 23 - 25, 2006
Bidding started on Plug In ICA's website: October 25, 2006

Reception: November 25,

Plug In ICA
286 McDermot Avenue,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 0T2
Phone +1-204-942-1043
Fax: +1-204-944-8663
Web: http://plugin.org
Location on the map: Google Map

November 01, 2006:

New Paintings and Embroidery Added

October 28, 2006:

The Globe and Mail Review of BMO 1st Art! Exhibition

Iwasaki's award-winning painting Boomcity is reviewed by Gary Michael Dault in the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. Web version of the article is also available: see under BMO 1st Art! Exhibition 2006

October 24, 2006:

Online Interview with Claudio Parentele (The eXTra finGer)

Iwasaki is interviewed by an Italian artist/journalist Claudio Parentele. The Q&A format interview is available at his website The eXTra finGer. Iwasaki's interview can be found in the entry on Octobe 24, 2006.

October 11, 2006:

BMO 1st ART! Exhibition 2006

Iwasaki's painting Boomcity will be exhibited as a part of a group exhibition, BMO Financial Group's 1st ART! Exhibition.

First Canadian Place Gallery
100 King Street West,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Exhibition runs
October 16 - November 10, 2006

September 26, 2006:

SCOUTING by NOAM GONICK at Semai Gallery

SCOUTING by NOAM GONICK  Sept. 26 - Oct. 29, 2006

One of the most prominent young filmmakers in Canada, Noam Gonick has presented films at the Venice International Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, TIFF, Sundance and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Semai Gallery, directed by Iwasaki, is currently showcasing 135 pieces of his location scouting photographs, photos taken for selecting locations for his films. Take a look at the film locations (all in Winnipeg) of Hey, Happy! (2001) and Stryker (2004) from a filmmaker's point of view!

More information and some images from the exhibition are available at Semai Gallery's website.

September 26 - November 29, 2006

Semai Gallery
Basement Corridor
264 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3B 0S8

August 25, 2006:

BMO Financial Group 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition - Manitoba Winner!

Iwasaki's painting Boomcity is chosen as the Manitoba Winner on BMO Financial Group 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition, an anual art competition held by Bank of Montreal for the graduates from Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Total of 14 winning works (one from each province and teritory + one national winner) are going to be exhibited in the First Canadian Place Gallery (100 King Street West, Toronto, Canada) from October 16 to November 10, 2006. For more information, please visit the BMO Financial Group's webpage iThe images of all winning artists works are on displayj.

New website design! Over 20 works added!

This website hasn't been updated for more than two months. Yet during the "off" period, the design of the website has been renewed, and new works are created and added to the website. Thank you for those who had been waiting for this update patiently!

Semai Gallery , managed by Iwasaki, officially opened on July 28th, 2006!

Iwasaki started managing an art gallery, using a hallway space in the Silpit Building, located in the heart of art gallery district in Winnipeg, Canada. Gallery's name Semai means Narrow in Japanese, as the space is very narrow.

Semai Gallery showcases a wide range of contemporary art within its narrow confines.

We are interested in project proposals from all artists, regardless of age, gender, education, or background. For more information, please visit Semai Gallery's website: http://takashiiwasaki.info/semaigallery/

June 06, 2006:

Exhibition at the Library in Iwasaki's Hometown

From July 3rd to 30th, an exhibition entitled "Abbies" is going to take place at the entrance hall of Shimizu Public Library in Iwasaki's hometown, Shimizu, Hokkaido, Japan. Approximately 15 Abbies are going to be exhibited in the show.

Shimizu Public Library
1-4 Minami, Shimizu, Hokkaido, Japan 089-0112
Phone: +81-156-62-3030
Fax: +81-156-62-4849
E-mail: tosyo@town.shimizu.hokkaido.jp
Web: http://tosho.town.shimizu.hokkaido.jp (Japanese)

Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
Closed: Tuesdays, holidays

May 15, 2006:

Ruby Mag Iwasaki's Paintings Appear in
Ruby Mag

Six paintings of Iwasaki's are featured in the issue No.6 of Ruby Mag, a monthly online art magazine launched by an artist Irana Douer in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

10 artists from 7 different countries are featured in this issue of Ruby Mag: Ellie Davis, Andy Dixon, Irana Douer, John Kersey, Shinpei Kusanagi, Anne Michaux, Marcus Oakley, Julien Pacaud, Ana Laura Perez, and Takashi Iwasaki.

To view the magazine, visit http://ruby-mag.com.ar/, enter the site, and click on "current issue" on top of the page!

May 10, 2006:

Kaiteishower 11 Abbies are added

Eleven Abbies are added to Abbies Page 04:
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May 07, 2006:

Direction Mural Painting Direction

Iwasaki's proposal for a mural painting project was accepted by the University of Manitoba Student Union (UMSU) earlier this year. The painting called Direction is located in the tunnel which connects the University Center and the Science Complex at the University of Manitoba.

April 26, 2006:

Iwasaki interviewed by CBC Television

Iwasaki was interviewed by CBC Television (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) as a graduating fine arts student of the University of Manitoba on April 25, and it was broadcasted nationally on April 26.

April 25, 2006:

The Ace's High Show

Three of Iwasaki's painting are going to be exhibited in a group show, the Ace's High, the University of Manitoba Fine Arts Students Annual Juried Show, at Ace Art Inc., Winnipeg, Canada from Friday, May 5 until May 20, 2006.

Opening Reception
Friday, May 5, 7pm - late


Ace Art Inc.
2nd Floor, 290 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0T2
Tel: (204) 944 9763
Fax: (204) 944-9101
Location on the map: Google map

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