Opening Reception | Saturday, May 2, 2015 : 6-9pm
Special Musical Guest: Low Volts

Show runs May 2 – May 24, 2015
presented by Vans

Link to Show Catalog / Available Works

Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow is proud to announce “Portraits of Nature,” a solo exhibition of new paintings and illustrations by artist-graphic designer-footwear designer Taka Hayashi. The works will be on view May 2-24, 2015, with a reception on May 2, from 6 to 9pm.

Central in Hayashi’s works are landscapes, birds, symbols and cultural signatures that refer to tribes worlds apart: Native American craft, ‘80s skate culture, North African tribal art, and ‘60s psychedelia, to name a few. The mystery is in how Hayashi traps, and then connects, quick flashes and deep feelings of these worlds on canvas.

Working in charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, acrylic, and spray paint, this new series by Hayashi is presented in a range of earthy tones, vibrant hues, and black-and-white, and range in size from 24”x36” to 51”x51”.

A southern California native and creative force, Hayashi brings a sensibility for nature, travel, skateboarding, and craftsmanship into his work, which has been exhibited in Vancouver, Montreal, Berlin, New York, and Los Angeles. “Portraits of Nature” is his first solo show in Laguna Beach.

About Taka Hayashi: 

Taka Hayashi is a self-taught illustrator, graphic designer and footwear designer. He was born in Yokohama, Japan and moved to Santa Monica, California at the age of nine. He is the creator of a highly coveted and collected signature line of Vans footwear. His designs have appeared on Stussy apparel, Pendleton blankets, Billykirk bags, Flip Skateboards and Burton Snowboards. He has been drawing, painting and skateboarding from an early age.

Taka Hayashi is among a curated platform of ascending artists that Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow and Vans have committed in collaboration to bring to southern California in 2015.