Born in the temple “Zuisenji”, Kyoto in 1966, Gaku Nakagawa studied Buddhist art at university and worked as a copywriter soon after graduation. From 1996 he began work as a freelance illustrator swell as being a monk. His work has contributed to a number of different clients and media, from Government pamphlets for the municipal offices and educational booklets for his temple, to international magazines, websites, and a selection of published books.
Gaku aims to instil his illustrations with a sense of class and nobility, occasionally with a touch of humour as well, which he sees as part of his “aesthetic exercises” as a practising monk.
Illustration commissioned by Mandarin Oriental, Bermuda
The Perfect City
Represented by Dutch uncle
Paradise In The City
Meet the Start-Ups
National Assembly of Wales
Educational Mural for the Welsh Assembly. Used as a teaching tool for kids about different aspects of Welsh politics. Each element created separately and pulled out in print and advertising collateral.