Gillian Hawkins works primarily in painting but also in printmaking and photography
Her work examines some aspect of the domestic world or the world moulded by that experience.
Her paintings contrast the immediate, even the transitory, with more solid structure using architectural space against the immediacy of the drawn the line in visceral, emotional colour. She uses oil-bars to draw on the canvas allowing an immediacy of line and emotion. Her paintings are oil on canvas, traditionally prepared. She prefers oil in painting on canvas because of its colour and paint qualities, especially the time which oil allows for contemplation and a dialogue with the work to take place. She also works on paper, with ink and soft pastel enjoying the depth of colour and freedom in this medium.
He prints draw the viewer into the intimacy of the moment. Etchings are hand coloured and each an individual exploration of the theme within the print. The subjects of her etchings echo her painting concerns.
Photographs include explorations of former industrial sites, such as the Stoke-on-Trent Potteries, complementing her interest in social history and domestic china. Recently she has shown her photographs taken from the 1980s onwards of Portsmouth buildings including the Tricorn ShopCentre opened in 1966 and demolished in 2004.
Gillian Hawkins has a BA and MA from Winchester School of Art in Fine Art/Painting. As well as being a member of Art Space with a studio in Brougham Rd Portsmouth, she is a member of Omega Printmakers. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is in British and European collections.
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