Welcome to the open studio of James Hawkins
A graduate of the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford and Wimbledon, James Hawkins has been working at Rhue for 38 years now. His unique style of painting has developed steadily during this time to a point where he straddles abstraction and figuration with dextrous ability. His rich and luscious paint surfaces are edible at times, brutally indigestible at others. Every square inch of canvas is packed with frenetic gestures and colours vibrating with energy.
Yet there is also space and serenity surrounding and cradling the seething microcosm. The hurricane driven blizzards of winter are here, the ice thin wind, the sleeting rain, the star bursts of spring and the sleeping secret places of summer; also the slow rich decay of autumn. Hawkins is a man who gets beneath nature's skin and portrays a landscape from the inside out. His personal journey maps previously unknown territory enabling us all to see more clearly the many layered riches of the special wilderness environment that is Wester Ross.
"... one of the best contemporary landscape painters in Scotland." SCOTSMAN
"A varied mesh of conflicting textures provide movement and life conveying the fierce power and changeability of the Highland weather." SUNDAY TIMES
"A romantic expressionist bringing burn and bracken, fern and boulder, waterfall and wild flowers to startling, explosive life." SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
"An abstract realist who invests his work with limitless energy which seems to bounce back off the multi coloured canvas. James Hawkins of Rhue is the man who has come the closest to the impossible task of capturing the essence of a landscape that is like trying to paint the colours of the wind." WEST HIGHLAND FREE PRESS