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
Location: Kildonan Park 2015 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R2V 2B9
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!
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
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.
Location: Kelsey Boulevard at Rosabella Lake Avenue, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
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
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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.
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
4. The Conversation
7. The Birds
8. High in the Sky
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: Pinknic
9, Alley 27, Lane 216, ZhongXiao E. Road Sec.4, Taipei, Taiwan
Iwasaki's works are published in a book Ruby: Otherworldliness.
Editor: Irana Douer
Release Date: April 2011
Format: 21 x 26 cm
Features: 240 pages, full color, flexicover
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.
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 http://elliottlouis.com/
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 http://tlacosse.com/
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.
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.
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 aceartinc.
2nd Floor, 290 McDermot Avenue
Canada R3B 0T2 http://aceart.org/
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 http://www.mairie-lille.fr/
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
U.S.A 78704 http://yarddog.com/
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
Canada R3B 0B5 http://graffitigallery.ca/
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:
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 http://www.pcs.org/
Appears as a featured artist, a Winnipeg-base art and culture magazine in Canada
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
1626 C Hi Line Dr.
Dallas, Texas, USA 75207 http://conduitgallery.com/
June 12 - August 14, 2008
Opening reception: Thursday, June 12, 19:00 - 23:00
803 Erin Street
Canada R3G 2W2 http://gallery-803.com/
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
Canada H2L 3L4 http://www.hqgalerieboutique.blogspot.com/
April 25 - May 7, 2008 In Transit (Group Exhibition)
3rd Floor, 290 McDermot Avenue
Canada R3B 0T2 http://outworksgallery.com/
April 18 - May 20, 2008 Colors (Solo Exhibition)
McGarry Guild Gallery
St. John's-Ravenscourt School
400 South Dr.
Canada R3T 3K5 http://www.sjr.mb.ca/
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
1183 Dundas Street West
Canada M6J 1X3 http://le-gallery.ca/
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
2421 Granville Street
Canada V6H 3G5 http://ateliergallery.ca/
January 19 - February 23, 2008 First Anniversary Group Show - Time Flies (Group Exhibition)
Opening reception: Saturday, January 19, 5PM - 8PM
Crossroads of the World
6671 Sunset Boulevard, #1512
Hollywood, CA., U.S.A. 90028 http://tinlark.com/
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.
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) http://www.grny.net
Giant Robot NY
437 E. 9th St.
New York, NY 10009
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 :)
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
... In the afternoon I rise to visit one of my favorite art spots in this drizzly burg,
Takashi Iwasakifs Semai Gallery, oddly located within another gallery - the Keepsake - or rather in the long narrow hallway leading to the Keepsakefs washrooms.
Takashifs 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.
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.
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!
Works (available for sale) by
Derek Brueckner Paul Butler
Daphne Enns Cliff Eyland
Paul Robles Don Ritson
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?!
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
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
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!
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 displayj.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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