Artist based in Japan Hiroki Takeda adds a dose of whimsy to his otherwise loyal depictions of friendly cats. Takeda’s watercolor works, which are mostly in shades of pink and purple with intermittent shades of blue and green, fuse flora and fauna into loving cats and kittens, who are caught lazing around or in the middle of sleeping. Vines and grasses add a fur-like texture and outline the figures of the creatures, which the artist then completes with extensive gardens full of leaves, flowers and butterflies.
Takeda tells Colossal that his living works are derived from a combination of influences, including his mother’s enthusiasm for plants and his background in the caricature, and the result of experimenting with myriad styles during his university studies. “One day I had a moment in my head when I saw a painting of an animal whose fur looked like a plant,” he says. “The idea of combining watercolor with plants and animals felt very natural to me.”
If you are in Osaka, come over Shinsaibashi Gajin Gallery to see the artist’s flower animals from July 24th to August 12th. Otherwise pick up One pressure, and follow his work Instagram. (above Design you trust)
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