The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has announced that the inaugural Tanabe Prize for British Columbia painters has been awarded to Vancouver artist + longtime ECU instructor/lecturer Philippe Raphanel.
Established by artist + former ECU professor Takao Tanabe, the Tanabe Prize is a new annual award given to artists whose primary medium is painting and who are residents of British Columbia. In addition to being painters, recipients must be mid-career artists. Mid-career is defined as an artist who has produced an independent body of work over a number of years and has received regional or national recognition through publication or exhibition of his or her work.
“I wanted the prize to recognize an artist in British Columbia, where I have lived and worked for most of my life,” said Takao Tanabe, “and recognize someone mid-career, when an artist’s work is often overlooked.”
Philippe Raphanel is a Vancouver-based painter born and raised in Paris, France. He came to Canada after receiving his diploma in Fine Arts from Écolé Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliques in Paris in 1978. His work has been exhibited extensively in British Columbia, across Canada and in the United States. He is represented in Vancouver by Equinox Gallery.
His next solo exhibition, Islands, at Equinox Gallery, runs January 19 - February 25, 2017.