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| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Introducing Patrick Takata

17.1 patrick1Most high schoolers start off their working careers by finding part time work flipping burgers or busing tables. Rare is the teenager – or adult, for that matter – who can make money off their artwork, but that’s exactly what Beaverton High School junior Patrick Takata has accomplished.

Takata has been doing art for three years now, dabbling in painting, abstract drawing, and sgraffito, a kind of drawing where the artist scratches an outline drawing into unfired ceramics or plaster. He also enjoys sculpting, ceramics, and public chalk art, which he does with his friends. Depending on the size, it usually takes Takata one to two days to finish a piece.

He sold his first painting in June of this year. Since then, he has sold four more paintings to various buyers. Recently, he set a new record for himself, selling a painting for a personal high of $135. It was the largest piece he’s sold yet at 16 inches by 20 inches, done in acrylic paints. Inspired by his love for music, he painted a stylized Daft Punk helmet after one of his favorite bands.

Originally, he had made a smaller version of the painting and posted a photo of it on instagram, where he showcases much of his work. One of his followers saw the picture and responded, “I love this! Could you make a larger version?” to which Takata gave an enthusiastic “Yes!”

Not only does Takata sell his artwork, he also sells T-shirts with his good friend, Andrei Eugenio, another junior at Beaverton High. Takata and Eugenio have been in the T-shirt business together for two years now. They use a silk screen on polyester cotton shirts to do their prints. “We can create any design as long as it can be simplified,” said Takata. So far, they’ve sold over 500 shirts at $15 dollars each.

Takata hopes to continue his artwork in the future. His goal is to attend the University of Carr where he plans to major in Fine Arts.With so much success so early on, he’s sure to shine wherever his future takes him.

You can contact Patrick Takata at ptakata@me.com, or check out his instagram, paddytakata, for his latest artwork.

17.2 bhs hailee lailaHailee and Laila are senior editors of Beaverton High School’s newspaper, the Hummer, and enjoy reading, writing, and watching documentaries. You can contact them at:

haileeandlaila.hummer@gmail.com.

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