DARRELL HAWKINS BORN in 1986 

Darrell Hawkins was born in Chatham, Kent in 1986.  He attended the Kent Institute of Art and Design (UCA) and graduated from Brighton University of Art. The artist lives and works in Medway, Kent. Darrell makes music under the moniker ‘Sonic Hawkins’ and is signed to Accidental Records. Darrell’s art has been exhibited at Saatchi Gallery, Rochester Gallery and Strange Cargo. He previously played guitar for London based post-punk band Wild Palms (One Little Independent Records). Darrell’s work will be featuring in the Greek Art Fair Platform Projects later this year.

EDUCATION

BA Hons Fine Art Painting, Brighton University 2004-2007

 

 

BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies, Kent Institute of Art and Design 2003-2004

EXHIBITIONS

2021

Solo Exhibition 'Kiss Me Pink' Naked Gallery, curated by Darrell Hawkins, Rochester

 

2020

Beaston Projects at Platform Projects Independent Art Fair, curated by Bella Easton, Athens, Greece. 

2019

Group show ‘Collabs’, curated by Matt Bray, Sun Pier Gallery,

Chatham

2018

Solo Exhibition ‘Techno Fossils’ curated by Alison Young, Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester

Selected works, Prints and Originals Gallery, curated by Paul Foster, Saatchi Gallery, London

2017

Group Exhibition, ‘Collateral drawing 5’, curated by Bella Easton, Strange Cargo, Folkestone

Joint show with Dahlia Westmoreland, ‘Scrubdown’, Margate

2016

Solo Show, ‘Fanboy’ curated by Matt Bray, Sun Pier Gallery, Chatham

2015

Solo Exhibition 'Immaculate Confection' Saatchi Gallery, London

Group Exhibition 'Mackerel Sky' Empire house, curated by Harry Jones, Whitechapel, London

2014

'GO FIGURE', Curated by Roxie Warder, Saatchi Gallery at the Hyatt, London

'GO FIGURE' Curated by Roxie warder, Cob Gallery, London

2013

Selected works, Gallery Mess, London

2012

Group Exhibition, The Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable, Kent

Solo Exhibition, Salon Club, London

Selected works, Deaf Cat, Rochester, Kent

2009

Solo Exhibition, Stamford Works, Wild Palms ‘Overtime’ Single launch, London

2008

Group Show ‘Three’, Signal Gallery, London

 

2007

Group Exhibition, Coach House, London

Degree Show, University of Brighton, Brighton

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Wild Palms, ‘Live Together Eat Each Other’ album artwork One Little Independent Records 2016

Wild Palms, ‘Until Spring’ album insert artwork, One Little Independent Records 2011

New Art in Medway Urban Fox Press 2005

ABOUT

I am attempting to be a chronicler of contemporary life, recording personal and collective history. In my paintings I keep playing with a variety of ideas, shifting from immediate comment on the present and an interest in how cyclical trends within human culture affect and shape our memory of the past, our sense of now and how we think the future might look.

I source the majority of my subject matter online, collecting imagery in order to create digital collages, building a personal archive of reference material to create my paintings. The dynamic of the relationship I have with the people and things that inhabit my work is a form of fan boy mentality, a visual list of things I connect with and idolise. I alternate between historical and contemporary references, connections I have made between subjects that interest me or potential outcomes of my own imagined narratives.

 

Colour in my artwork democratises the imagery I use in my paintings. I employ clashing vibrant hues and punchy neons in my work to drive my visual ideas, explore my own sense of aesthetics and to fulfil an innate need for sensory exploration.

As well as constantly feeding new elements into my painting, I like also to toy with repetition; there is a reoccurrence of childhood interests and other symbols that are representative of different stages in my life, pathways I want to re-tread and re-visit.

 

Sometimes the repetition is abstract and more rhythmic where I build visual fields through repetitive mark marking. These paintings are about playing with process and an attempt to find balance compositionally and build something more akin to music.

The rapid nature in which we view images today has had a notable impact on how I approach and make my work. I create the majority of my paintings in one sitting, like a conveyor belt or social media application’s feed, collating everything I like, trapping fragments, saying what I want to say as quickly as possible, every image vying for attention, fighting to be prized.