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Artist Talks by Takashi Iwasaki and Akira Yoshikawa

June 23, 2023
2:30-3:30 p.m. CT on Zoom
Event Recording with ASL interpretation

In conjunction with the exhibition Within and Beyond Tradition: Works by East Asian Artists from The University of Winnipeg Collection, Gallery 1C03 is pleased to host artist talks by Takashi Iwasaki and Akira Yoshikawa. Several of Akira Yoshikawa's minimalist abstract drawings are included in the exhibition and Takashi Iwasaki's painted mural can be found on campus in the University of Winnipeg Students' Association BIPOC student lounge.

This event will be moderated by exhibition curator Irene Chan who will introduce the artists. Iwasaki and Yoshikawa will speak about their creative practices, followed by a question and answer period with the audience.


Takashi Iwasaki was born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1982. Iwasaki moved to Winnipeg to study fine arts at the University of Manitoba in 2002, where he earned Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Attracted to the Winnipeg's multiculturalism and friendly arts community, he gained the permanent resident status of Canada and now lives and works as an artist in Winnipeg and calls it his new hometown. Iwasaki's art practice diverges into many media from embroidery, painting, collage, wooden sculpture, ceramic, to public artwork. Bringing joy and peaking curiosity of the audience are the main concerns of his creation.

Akira Yoshikawa is a Japanese Canadian artist born in Hiroshima in 1949. Deeply affected by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II, he and his mother eventually moved to Toronto in 1961. In 1974, Yoshikawa graduated from the Ontario College of Art with a Special Commendation Award. Over the last fifty years, he has presented his work in many exhibitions across Canada and beyond. He also worked in collections management at the Art Gallery of Ontario until his retirement in 2013.


Gallery 1C03 is on Treaty 1 Territory, the homeland of the Red River Métis and the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Ininew, Anishininew, Dakota and Dene peoples. Our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

This event is made possible in part through funding from the Manitoba Government.