Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Retsu Takahashi

Retsu Takahashi--with his partner, Fiona, their daughters, Teagan and Neve, and their cat ,Seamus 
("SHAY-mus")--is based geographically in Seattle, Washington. 
Some of his professional interests are in food-related, architectural, instructional, and informational images. He works in pencil, pen/ink, and/or paints, using the digital medium to compose and complete as needed. Organic lines and forms run throughout his work. He received his MFA in "Illustration as Visual Essay" from The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan (he also holds a BA in Women's Studies from Oberlin College, Ohio, and a high school diploma from Stuyvesant High School and a grade school diploma from Public School 41 in  New York City, and he attended preschool at The Circle School on 9th Street in Park Slope Brooklyn ). He also has had over 10 years experience in the print publishing field, focused primarily in the area of print production management. Black on White, simple inked contour line makes Takahashi's work right up my alley, with its extremely detailed and descriptive, though at times, almost scribbly line work, breathing energy into each one of his pieces, whether an interior, one single object, or an entire cityscape. Clients include Plum Magazine, The Conran Shop, Easy Star Records, The Thresher Magazine, Real Soon Records, and others.

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