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‘No one has ever seen it as something for the male gaze’ —Janet Takuz on reclaiming the female nude with her Good Time Gal

Born from some mindful doodling, the Good Time Gal has become Janet Takuz’s signature creation. Here, the artist discusses what the “everywoman” character represents, and the plans to bring her to life in film

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The Good Time Gal has become artist Janet Takuz's signature motif

The Good Time Gal has become artist Janet Takuz's signature motif

Artist and illustrator Janet Takuz. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Artist and illustrator Janet Takuz. Photo: Gerry Mooney

'I call her my Good Time Gal, and I started her as a way to begin creating again not from a brief, and as a kind of mindfulness practice for me'

'I call her my Good Time Gal, and I started her as a way to begin creating again not from a brief, and as a kind of mindfulness practice for me'

Designer Janet Takuz at The Big Romance bar, which stocks a range of her branded merchandise. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Designer Janet Takuz at The Big Romance bar, which stocks a range of her branded merchandise. Photo: Gerry Mooney

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The Good Time Gal has become artist Janet Takuz's signature motif

Back in 2017, Janet Takuz was working as a display artist on the creative team for Brown Thomas when she realised it had been three years since she had done any drawing for herself. She had spent plenty of time illustrating displays, styling Christmas windows and creating installations for the store, along with commissions for nightclubs and festivals such as Forbidden Fruit and the Beatyard, but her personal projects had fallen by the wayside.

I decided to get back into it, just for myself,” says Takuz (31) from her home in Rathmines. She recalls coming up with an idea for a character that would go on to become her signature motif. “I call her my Good Time Gal, and I started her as a way to begin creating again not from a brief, and as a kind of mindfulness practice for me.”


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