Striking Patterns in Decorative Illustrations by Ayumi Takahashi

With collections of bold, decorative shapes, illustrator and textile designer Ayumi Takahashi adorns her work with striking patterns in beautifully balanced, stripped-down compositions.

Taking inspiration from traditional print design, fashion and textiles, Ayumi’s work has a similar flair for large, visual statements giving it an immediate, eye-catching effect.

She tells us more about the particular elements she considers when creating her work and how that has affected the illustrative style she has developed.

“I am an artist working in the field of painting, showing works at galleries in the United States and Asia. I am also an illustrator making editorial and commercial illustrations for clients such as The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Coca Cola, and Uber.”

“I also design textiles, making collaborate products with brands and galleries.”

“I usually paint with acrylic gouache on wood panels, yupo paper for my paintings, and make most of my illustrations digitally with Photoshop and Illustrator, and sometimes my ipad.”

“I was born in China and grew up in Japan before I got my art degree at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.”

“With a deep attraction to ancient Chinese paintings and Japanese woodcut prints, also inspired by fashion design and contemporary art, I have developed a style that is graphic, flat, less about light and shadow or perspective, but bold on colors, shapes and compositions.”

Above photo by Julia Khoroshilov

Above photo by Daniel Cochran

All images © Ayumi Takahashi

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