The Life in Bhubaneswar – Works by Taiga Chiba


Opening reception on Friday, July 10, 3-6pm. Artist will be in attendance.

I often find beauty in overlooked areas. Everybody notices the big flower, but beauty is often not obvious. I don’t look for beauty – it finds me and because it is my discovery, it becomes part of myself.1 – Taiga Chiba

Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd is pleased to present The Life in Bhubaneswar, an exhibition of new works by local artist, Taiga Chiba. The colourful mixed media works in this exhibition were influenced by the artist’s travels in 2013 to 2014 to Bhubaneswar, the capital city of the east coast state of Odisha in India. One series of assembled textile works are made of fabric collage, cotton and net cloth while another series of works consists of ballpoint pen drawing on tracing paper, pencil drawing on colour paper collage on photographic paper.

Throughout his artistic career, Chiba has been known for his idiosyncratic quirky sense of curiosity and wonderment while his work seems to be about the synthesis – whether or not the morphology of the creatures or objects illustrated in his works are real or imagined – rather than the deconstruction of his subject matter and its world. While immersed in the everyday culture of Bhubaneswar, the works in this exhibition characteristically portrays Chiba’s sense of wonder for the quotidian in this Indian city – he notices the extraordinary in the ordinary. The artist has playfully arranged and juxtaposed disparate objects, such as a drawing of his breakfast in India superimposed onto a caudal view of a cow in 07:39, Butter Sadha, and have used equally playful colours in an array of fabrics and papers to form a world distinctly that of Taiga Chiba.

Born in 1950 in Shizuoka, Japan, Taiga Chiba studied in Tokyo at Musashino Art University before immigrating to Canada in 1981 where he completed a Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. Currently based in Vancouver, Chiba has travelled extensively for research and artist residencies and his work can be found in various collections locally and internationally.

1 Grasdal, Paula. ”The Art of Taiga Chiba.” Pacific Rim. 2008: 56-57. Print.

For more information, please visit www.artbeatus.com or call the gallery at 1 (604) 688-2633.