Vanitas, a solo exhibition from Hiroshi Hayakawa

11/1/19 - 11/15/19

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934 Gallery

934 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

(614) 725-1130

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934 Gallery presents Vanitas, a solo show from Hiroshi Hayakawa

Opening Reception 

Saturday, November 2, 7 – 10 pm

Gallery Hours 

Friday, November 1, 7 - 10 pm

Saturday, November 2, 12 – 3 pm

Saturday, November 8, 12 – 3 pm

On View

November 1 – 15, 2019

In art history, Vanitas is a genre of Dutch painting popular in the 17th century that often uses symbolism as a cautionary tale of the transitory nature of beauty and pleasure in life. In Vanitas, Columbus-based artist Hiroshi Hayakawa’s work marries the aforementioned genre and an exploration of figurative art while interpret the theme using symbolism as a common language.

This body of work, spanning five years, were initially a response to unfortunate events in Hayakawa’s life. The driving force of these pieces became how to capture the ever-changing and eluding beauty that exudes a sense of mystery before it disappears.

Viewers will be aware of the fragility and brevity of what we find beautiful and how this gives us the more heightened perception of our ephemeral existence and makes the experience of beauty even more poignant. 


Hiroshi Hayakawa earned his Bachelor of Arts in French Literature at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. After, Hayakawai moved to the United States in 1991 to attend Columbus College of Art & Design. He earned dual Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Fine Arts, then continued his study, earning a Master of Fine Art Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. 

Hayakawa works in various artistic expressions including photography, drawings, paintings, sculptures and paper crafts. He has exhibited his works both in the United States and abroad in numerous solo and group shows. His works are owned by many public and private collectors, and has received many awards for his works, including: Best of Show at the 74th Annual May Show by Mansfield Art Center, 1st place in the International Drawing Annual 13 published by Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, and 2nd place at Shades of Gray Competition by DRAWING magazine. 

This event is free and open to the public. 934 Gallery's 2019-2020 programming calendar is funded in part by a Project Support Grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Beer sponsored by Seventh Son Brewing.