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Akinori Tanaka

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Akinori Tanaka

Born: 1961

Hometown: Tokyo

Lives and Works: Tokyo

 

Akinori Tanaka is an artist and, at the same time, a professional chef. He uses cooking as a motif for his paintings, but this doesn’t simply mean representing through art a careful and pristine placement of food on a plate. His work also shows the atmosphere of the time when that food is eaten; the art thus gets to the questions of what cuisine means to people, and what it means to eat.

Further, these pieces are filled with small triangles, geometric shapes, and extremely thin lines and other elements that when looked upon have a mysterious feeling to them. These represent the cells of meat, fish, and vegetables; the feel of tables and utensils; and the steam and fragrances that wrap around the food itself. The delicateness expressed, and the sometimes shocking vividness of the colors used, are indeed works about food, but they make one feel strong vivacity and lively movement.

Tanaka engages with each ingredient one by one, closely observing each piece, and with his unique point of view sees the energy in life. Taking all of this in, just like cooking, he sweeps his brush across the canvas. For Tanaka, cooking and painting are the same. The only difference is, by the end, the object of one is gone while the other remains.

Akinori Tanaka was born in 1961 in Tokyo, Japan. Recent solo and group exhibitions include “A Taste of French Cuisine In Painting,” Isetan Art Gallery, Tokyo Japan (2013); “Restaurant Tanaka,” Bunkamura Box Gallery, Tokyo Japan (2012); “Japan France Contemporary Art Exhibition,” Tokyo Japan (2010); “International Art Salon,” Paris France (2009); and “39th Japan Today’s Arts Exhibition,” Ewing Gallery, Tennessee USA (2009). He received the Drawing Award in 39th Japan Today’s Arts Exhibition (2009).

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Cute Laurier by Akinori Tanaka
Artwork

Cute Laurier

Akinori Tanaka

US$ 6,500

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Provence Rose Wine by Akinori Tanaka
Artwork

Provence Rose Wine

Akinori Tanaka

US$ 1,200

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Nice Flavored Herb by Akinori Tanaka
Artwork

Nice Flavored Herb

Akinori Tanaka

US$ 700

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Cream Puff and Chocolate Mousse by Akinori Tanaka
Artwork

Cream Puff and Chocolate Mousse

Akinori Tanaka

US$ 700

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Autumn Herb Salad by Akinori Tanaka
Artwork

Autumn Herb Salad

Akinori Tanaka

US$ 1,700

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Chicken Simmered in Red Wine by Akinori Tanaka
Artwork

Chicken Simmered in Red Wine

Akinori Tanaka

US$ 3,400

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It's delicious so will share half with you by Akinori Tanaka
Artwork

It's delicious so will share half with you

Akinori Tanaka

US$ 2,100

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Thick Framboise Sorbet by Akinori Tanaka
Artwork

Thick Framboise Sorbet

Akinori Tanaka

US$ 1,000