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William Hawkins - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1895 — 1990
Pays United States

William Hawkins has grown up in a farm in Kentucky, but he spent the most part of his life in Ohio, after running away a wedding supposed to legitimize a disapproved pregnancy in 1916. William Hawkins seems to have lived several lives: horses trainer, truck driver, procurer and junkman, but especially painter. Indeed in the 1930s he begins to represent animals and urban landscapes on plates of Masonite and plywood and cheap materials, like remains from industrial paint, which he spreads with a simple brush. He frequently uses sawdust or glitter, which he mixes to the paint to give it some texture and also proceeds to collages of images and papers from magazines or books. If his choices go to animals and buildings, he is also interested by religious topics and popular imaging inspired by media. His works are as surprising as unexpected, filled with symbolism, supported by a palette of lively colors, and writings repeating his name in a heady way, the place and date of his birth « WILLIAM.L.HAWKINS.BORN.KY.JULY.27.1895 » like an ID card or a passport for somewhere else.

 In 1981, the artist Lee Garrett, Hawkins’ neighbor discovers his work and decides to encourage its distribution. He presents him to the New York gallery-owner, Roger Ricco, who will represent Hawkins until he dies in 1990.Seven years later, the Museum of American Folk Art organises a retrospective of his work which is part of big American museum collections today, like in the High Museum or the American Folk Art Museum. William Hawkins is considered as one of the biggest self-taught African-American artists of his generation.

Œuvres
Pour découvrir les œuvres disponibles, merci de nous contacter.
sans titre (eagle on cactus) - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre (eagle on cactus), 1987
22.8 x 30.5 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1985
35.5 x 28 cm
sans titre (lion attacking a horse) - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre (lion attacking a horse), 1987
43.3 x 35.6 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1980
122 x 92 cm
Expositions
The Museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. Du 17 juin 2017 au 2 avril 2018.
Great and mighty things
outsider art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Du 3 mars au 9 juin 2013.
Accidental Genius
art from the Anthony Petullo Collection, Milwaukee, USA. Du 10 février au 6 mai 2012.
The Museum Of Everything
by Tim Brett, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turino. Du 1 avril au 29 août 2010.
William Hawkins born july 27, 1985
American Folk Art Museum, New York. Du 6 octobre au 2 novembre 1997.
Voir plus
19th and 20th-Century Afro-American Artists
Philadelphia Museum of Art. Du 20 mai au 16 août 1992.
Wlliam Hawkins
Ginza Art Space, Shiseido Corporation, Tokyo. Du 24 avril au 24 mai 1991.
William Hawkins
Columbus Museum of art, USA. Du 13 juin au 28 juillet 1990.
Collections
Antoine de Galbert collection
France
High Museum of Art
United States
American Folk Art Museum
United States
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Portugal
Smithsonian Museum Of American Art
United States
William Hawkins

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