We had the good fortune of connecting with Tadashi Hayakawa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tadashi, what principle do you value most?
Sincerity, humility, and imagination are guiding forces in my life. These concepts have made me a better person and artist. As I near my 80th birthday and I reflect back on all the lessons I have learned in life, I believe being more conscientious about the power of sincerity, humility and imagination has made a tangible difference in my work. Also, in my many travels back to my “furusato” (homeland) of Japan, I have experienced that sincerity, humility and imagination are natural characteristics of the Japanese people. I found these to be inspirational, foundational elements to their actions and culture. My “Origin” and “Echoes of Heritage” bodies of work are influenced greatly by those travels to Japan. Visiting with my family and friends, enjoying nature, and traditional Kabuki theater, and many celebrations and festivals of Japan are present in my thoughts as I create my art.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It has been a long journey to arrive where I am now as a person and as an artist. In 1992, after a 20-year absence from fine art, I looked into myself and saw the emptiness that stemmed from my disconnection with my love of painting. I felt an absolute necessity to start painting again before it was too late. So at age 50, I dedicated myself solely to my fine art. Now, every morning I wake up feeling grateful to be alive, to have the opportunity and energy to continue my search for the essence of my visions. Doing my art is intuitive. I do it everyday and like breathing, it is a necessity. My work is traditional mixed-media abstract painting. I am not analytical and critical, but emotional and spiritual. My multi-layered techniques are actions that translate my introspection, emotions, spirituality, and memories into tangible objects. Since early childhood, my art has expressed existential, spiritual ideas (origins, heritage, rebirth, power of spirit. My art comes from my heart. Reflecting on all of my life experiences and continuing to work and grow and fostering friendships with and motivating other artists, have ultimately led me to accomplishing my life long dream of having my work accepted into a major art museum. In 2019 my “Core of Life” body of work and exhibition at Building Bridges in Santa Monica, CA, sold out! Eleven large scale paintings went to six art museums in Italy, Chili, Spain, and Mexico. Even today, I still feel shocked and astonished that I was able to achieve that dream!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite place to be is Junz Japanese restaurant in Parker, CO. They serve delicious Japanese food with a French influence. The sushi is excellent. It’s a family business. Junz has beautiful atmosphere and I am honored that they have a collection of my paintings throughout the restaurant.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Mr. Cal Turner, Jr. is an extraordinary businessman, and person. His career as CEO/Chairman of Dollar General and his devoted service to many charitable, educational, church, and community organizations (including the Easter Seal Society, YMCA, Vanderbilt University, just to name a few) is remarkable. Mr. Turner has many awards including the Presidential Award for Private Sector Initiatives given to him by President Ronald Regan. He is a role model citizen and an inspiration to all who meet him. I am humbled that Mr. Turner has been my patron, mentor, and dear friend since 2004. He has supported my art career and was instrumental in getting my work into six art museums around the world. Mr. Turner has taught me many things about business and life and I hope he has learned more about art through me and my work. His guidance and spirituality has helped me to become the person and the artist that I am today. I am profoundly grateful for this friendship and presence in my life.