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An abstract painter, Teiji Takai is best known for works in which he merged the aesthetic of his native Japan with the painterly vocabulary of abstract expressionism. His work is noted for its gentle pastoral feeling.
Teiji Takai in his Winthrop University studio, November, 1970.
Image Courtesy of the Louise Pettus Archives at Winthrop University,
Rock Hill, S.C. Photography: Joel Nichols.
Teiji Takai was born in Japan in the Tokushima prefecture. He studied at Shinanobashi Yoga Kenkyusho in Osaka, an institute of western style painting. In 1930, he won a prize at the Nika-kai Exhibition. He subsequently became a junior member of Nika-kai. Takai helped establish the Action Art Society in 1945.
Teiji Takai applies finishing touches to his Winthrop University exhibition,
September 5, 1972. Image Courtesy of the Louise Pettus Archives
at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C.
Photography: Joel Nichols.
Takai moved to the United States in 1954, settling in New York City, where he exhibited at the Poindexter Gallery from 1959 to 1972. He had several solo shows at the gallery. In 1970 and 1972, he was a visiting professor at Winthrop Women's College in South Carolina.
Teiji Takai participated in exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; and Takashimaya, Tokyo, Japan. His work is in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Modern Art Museum, Tokyo; Montana Historical Society, Helena; Columbia Museum, South Carolina; the Uniontown Art Club, Pennsylvania; the Wakayama Modern Art Museum, Japan; the Yellowstone Art Museum, Wyoming; and Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina.
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