Vanitas-2 Graphite on Bristol board | 20”x 26” | 2014
~ Encyclopedia Britannica
The ephemeral experience of beauty
These artworks are my attempt to marry the Vanitas art and my interest in figurative art to express my interpretation of the theme by using the symbolism as a common language. Although this body of work started as a response to some of the unfortunate events that took place in my personal life, the driving force of these pieces was one of the questions that runs through all of my artistic expressions from the beginning: how to capture ever-changing and eluding beauty that exudes a sense of mystery before it disappears. I feel the awareness of this fragility and brevity of what we find beautiful gives us the more heightened perception of our ephemeral existence and makes the experience of beauty even more devastating.
Vanitas-1 Graphite on mixed paper, 24”x 27” 2014
Vanitas-3 Graphite on Bristol board, 21”x 14”, 2015
Vanitas-5 Graphite on Bristol board, 9”x 9”, 2016
Vanitas-10 Graphite on Bristol board, 17.5″ x 15.5″, 2017
Vanitas-12 Graphite on Bristol board, 10” x 9.5”, 2018
Vanitas-15 Graphite on Bristol board, 18.5″ x 13″, 2018
Vanitas-16 Graphite on Bristol board, 16”x 16”, 2018
All images use with permission ©Hiroshi Hayakawa
About the Artist:
Hiroshi Hayakawa was born and raised in Japan. He earned a BA in French Literature from Keio University in Tokyo. After a short stint working as a computer systems engineer, he decided his love of life was making art. He relocated to the United States in 1991, attended Columbus College of Art and Design earning BFAs in Photography and Fine Arts, and then Cranbrook Academy of Art for his MFA in Photography.
His primary artistic medium has been alternative photography, especially liquid emulsion, ever since he was an art school student. However, his artistic direction has changed recently. He now spends about the same amount of time on his kinetic sculpture work, photography work, drawing and paper craft book projects. He has published his first paper craft book, “Kirigami Menagerie” from Lark Books in 2009. His second paper craft book, “Paper Pups” came out in 2013. His third book, “Paper Birds” and fourth book, “Paper Monsters and Curious Creatures” were both published in 2014.
He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife Nanette, 2 cats, 2 French bulldogs and a turtle. He teaches at Columbus College of Art and Design and exhibits his art nationally and internationally.