Glenn Takai was a Japanese American ceramic artist born in 1947. In the late ’60s, in a move to divert the destructive path he had fallen into during his teenage years, Takai reached out for some discipline that would support survival and change. “Art was a thing that I felt could hold my interest, and I needed a focus,” Takai said. This proved to be a move that would lead to personal development and to a lifelong career in art.
Glenn’s ceramic figures are both powerful in narrative and expression. Each sculpture captures an important moment and memory in life, painful and pleasant. After decades of self exploration family became central to Takai’s work, tracing the path of three generations of men: his great grandfather, his father, himself and his brother, and his two sons. Objects, landscapes, animals and faces serve to supplement his narratives.
Glenn has exhibited widely nationally as well as throughout the Sacramento region. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Oakland Museum and the Crocker Art Museum as well as many private collections.