Painter and designer, born in Reading, Berkshire, who attended Wimbledon School of Art, 1972–3; West Sussex College of Design, Worthing, 1974–5; and Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, 1975–8. Awards and commissions included the Painting Prize at Ruskin, 1976; Painter of the Year, Warwick Arts Trust, 1989; and Glenfiddich Distillery Scottish Art, 1998. In 1986 Hawkins did stage design for The Brahan Seer, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. Had a series of solo shows, starting with Eden Court, 1983, later ones including A Journey in all Weathers, 1999, and Way Out West, 2003, both with Davies & Tooth at The Air Gallery. As in this show, Hawkins’ work was about Scottish landscape. This he walked and chronicled with his wife Flick, working up in the studio richly coloured, gestural, almost abstract depictions of water and rugged terrain.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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