Barbara Takenaga creates works that encompass incandescent renderings of cosmic, subatomic systems and the dual processes of creation and mortality. Using a simple composition of circles and lines, her work is abstract but illusionary, at times radiant, psychedelic or slightly wacky. Her paintings rely upon an obsessive process that marks time and mimics the repeated gesture of memory.
Barbara Takenaga lives and works in New York and Williamstown, MA. Her solo exhibitions include, Gregory Lind Gallery, 2008; McKenzie Fine Art, New York, and the Brattleboro Museum of Art, Vermont, 2007. Her recent group exhibitions include It's Gouache and Gouache Only, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, 2008; Midnight Full of Stars, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, New Jersey, 2008; and Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, 2007. Takenaga was included in The 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, May 29 - September 7, 2008 at the National Academy Museum in New York. Her painting received the Eric Isenburger Annual Award. Takenaga has been featured in publications such as Art in America, Art News, and The New York Times.