Art, Illustrators, Upcoming Talent

Bright and Personal: the Gouache Paintings of Mogu Takahashi

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Japanese artist Mogu Takahashi embodies the best of the outsider art trend. Tilted perpectives, personal subjects, and child-like scrawl burst from the pages of her popular guache drawings. Subjects that seem ordinary — flower pots, pajama pants, persian cats — become sublimely colored compositions that remind the viewer of the excitement only a child (or child at heart) can have about their surroundings.

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Therefore, it’s no surprise that the self-described self-taught artist’s biggest collaborations have been creating objects for children; including collaborations with Little Red Stuga in Sweden as well as Japanese fashion line Chambre de Charme.

Takahashi’s deceptively simple characters and creations find an especially appropriate home in houseware collaborations, decorating the sorts of household objects she frequently studies on paper. Take a look at her online store for a beatiful gallery of ceramics and other household objects brought to life with carefully-placed eyes and subtle brush textures.

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What’s really captivating about Takahashi’s work is the element of daily practice invoked in projects like her daily journals, which are available in full at her website. For Takahashi, as with many outsider artists, the heart of the work lives in the process as much as the final product. Indeed, it’s difficult to imagine the whimsical world developed throughout her work making the impact it does without being able to see the journals her inspiration springs from.

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— Words by VAGA editors

Photography courtesy of the artist