dynamic equilibrium - shin ola takahashi

By shin ola takahashi

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The “Kumulipo” chanted the divine origin of the Hawaiians down to each organism's DNA. It was not a simple structure that impacted change, but it was the molecule's steady flow of dynamics. Along with the “Kumulipo”, this series of paintings has been inspired by a Japanese writer and scientist, Dr. Fukuoka and his book Dynamic Equilibrium. This novel introduces scientist Dr. Rudolf Schoenheimer who preached the phrase “state of dynamic equilibrium”. Schoenheimer has stated repeatedly the theory that all the molecules consumed by an organism stay in a continuous state of chemical renewal and everlasting change. He had commited suicide before DNA had even been discovered to the world in 1941. Molecular biology and genealogy have continuously proven that the rhythm of composition and destruction is not only manifest in the birth and death of living organisms, but is the very essence of sentience. We can not overlook such a biological theory in this day and time, as a global pandemic continues to maunder through nations. Activity of art has a similarity; it is simply not a skill, form of composition or material. It is how effective you can express your heart and disposition through an empty canvas. Every act of creation is an act of composition that will decompose itself time and time again.

Born in Miyagi Prefecture of Japan, Shinichi Ola Takahashi had always seen art as ambiguous. While working as a graphic designer, he became captivated by “nihon-ga” (Japanese-style paintings). He then began to focus on “jigoku-e” (hell scenes). As Shin traversed the world of art and painting he soon met important mentors. After his first exhibition in Tokyo, he moved in 1974 to Hawaii to become a pupil of Jean Charlot, a well-known Hawaii mural artist. With the support of the Charlot family, Shin began exhibiting his art in Hawaii. Since then, one of his paintings has been placed in the State Capitol after being purchased by the Hawaii State Foundation for the Arts. Shin’s current style now focuses on oil and acrylics in his uniquely-created “nihon-ga” method. He proceeds to develop new works at his residence in Honolulu, Hawaii. Currently, Shin has continued to follow the vista that his ancestors speak through his brush as his pieces portray “dynamic equilibrium”.



acylic on canvas 

30" x 40" - $1500

16" x 20" - $500

12" x 16" - $380

11" x 14" - $380

notecard 5.5" x 7" - $8