Takahashi's artwork is born of a rigorous process of observation and revision. The artist works meticulously on his pieces, starting by drawing many similar rough sketches, and then letting them sit for a time so that he can stand back and contemplate them as if they were real landscapes viewed through a window.
However, Takahashi's finished works show little more than a glimpse of the exhaustive character of his creative process. Not even a hint of his tireless modus operandi of adjusting and re-adjusting remains. Rather, the viewer is left with no doubt in their mind that the soft focus and liberal placement of forms on his canvases was divined right from the start. Takahashi has earned many fans over the years with his dexterous and impulsive line drawings, but has since expanded this impulsive nature into a laborious process of observation and modification, which continues to marvel viewers today with the rich and languid fruits of his labor.
Citation from the book, BASE Gallery made in 2007. The TEXT is by Mr. Takahashi himself:
"Starting in about 1990 my works began taking more time to complete. Even though I really want to finish them quickly things just seem to take more time. I want the work to be light and effortless, but also rich in character.
About 90% of the work is completed right at the beginning, but it`s that final 10% that takes several months. Even when I think a work is finished, when I look at it the next morning something just doesn`t seem right. I take a longer look at the work all over, and all of a sudden it clicks and I figure out where the flaw lies I think if I fix that then the work will be done. I pick up my brush, spend the day fixing the problem and then go back to sleep, but the next morning something still seems wrong.
When I look back on these years I have to give myself a pat on the back, but I also can`t help thinking to myself that I have been doing the dame thing repeatedly all the while."