These Illustrations Act As Instant Mood Lifters

Ayumi Takahashi’s life was infused with art and travel. Born in China, raised in Japan, and studying art in the United States, she currently shares her time between New York and Tokyo, working in the field of painting, drawing, digital, and textile design.

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“I was born in China and lived there until I was about 12 and I moved to Japan and then I came to America after high school,” explained the artist in an interview with Duplex Gallery. “I was in San Francisco first and just trying to figure out what I wanted to do. Because both my parents are artists, and I was a rebellious kid, so I’m kind of not trying to be an artist.”

“But I think it’s just in your blood and it just start to come out. So I got in Art Center College of Design in California, majored in Illustration Design. When I was at the Art Center, I also went to London for study abroad for half a year for graphic design and I did a lot of editorial illustration for the New York Times, and other magazines.”

Her career skyrocketed pretty quickly soon after, with clients that include the Washington Post, NPR, Buzzfeed, Paramount Pictures, Coca Cola, Uber, Zappos, and others.

“I want to show the younger generation the good side of life,” she stressed. “I feel like that’s part of my duty as an artist. Not to sound very formal but that’s really my honest feeling. We have too many artists now, anybody can be one and it’s really easy to call yourself an artist. But you have to remember why you want to make art. I am not a self-expressive artist. Everything about me and my life. I’m not into that. But I do want to promote a positive message behind everything and for myself as a person too.”

Take a look at some of her uplifting illustrations in the gallery below.

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Collaboration with the world's first CORDURA® FAB, mm-spec pack t-shirt to create this silk screen printed t-shirt and poster for this upcoming show around the world! First one➡️4/24~ 5/6  10:00〜19:00 at @monkey_cafe_d.k.y , Bankkok in May, and Los Angeles in August. ”プラスONE機能”をスローガンに掲げ展開するブランク(無地)Tシャツブランド、 <FORCE A BETTER / フォースアベター >(通称FAB/ファブ)は、世界初のCORDURA®パックTシャツや ミリタリースペックの機能パックTシャツを主力アイテムに、2019年4月よりスタートします。 FORCE A BETTERブランドスタートを記念して、ブランクTシャツの「 BASIC MILITECH T-SHIRTS 」をキャンバスとし、 アートショーイベントを国内外で巡回展示します。 人々を魅了するアートの力強さ、言葉を超えた世界平和の可能性はまさに、引用した名言”ペンは剣よりも強し” The pen is mightier than the sword(筆:Edward Brewer)。「PEN」を“ART“に文字り、”The ART is mightier than the sword”と題し、様々な国の注目アーティストが ピースフルなアート作品をTシャツに描き展開します。 “The ART is mightier than the sword”【東京展】 開催日時 : 4月24日(水) ~ 5月6日(日)  10:00〜19:00 開催場所 : MONKEY CAFE & GALLERY ( http://monkeycafe.jp/ ) 住所:東京都渋谷区猿楽町12-8 ( https://goo.gl/maps/4v3VyuLBp882 ) *レセプションパーティ 4月23日(火)18:30〜20:30 静岡 :YES GOOD MARKET 5月11日、12日 京都 :藤井大丸 6月1日~20日 福岡 :TAGSTÅ  7月予定 タイ・バンコク : DISCOVERY by SIAM PIWAT 5月予定 ロサンゼルス : 8月予定 <参加アーティスト一覧> ADRIAN HOGAN(AUS) AYUMI TAKAHASHI (TOKYO / NY) イフクカズヒコ (FUKUOKA) KEEENUE (TOKYO) 神山隆二(TOKYO) KIO(TOKYO) LUIS MENDO(SPAIN) 松原光(KOBE) NEV3R(BKK) NUTTY NUT( BKK) 小田原 愛美(TOKYO) KATE CHUNG(HONGKONG) RIONISM (LA) SCOTT CHAN (HONGKONG) ALYASH OWERKA-MOORE(SAN DIEGO) STEPHEN KENNY(LONDON) 高木耕一郎(TOKYO) タケウチアツシ(KANAGAWA) 玉村聡之(OSAKA) WEIRD VISUAL SMILE CLUB(BKK)

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