Justin Hawkes

12th March 2021

"The fluid motion in watercolour I use to work out a kind of harmony.  In music I enjoy what I like to call the one dimension of time. I wish to emulate this insomuch as I try to achieve clarity of dimensions in painting. As an example  I do not introduce further texture than that provided by the surface,developing flat painting for the unrestricted movement of water.

With this process,using a set of translucent tones and shades, I find a way to relate the various passages to each other. I wish to see a clear flow between each section, as if I were a composer with a grasp of flow of cords and silences between. I develop my approach and style with this in mind.

I recall a jazz tutor talking about the desire for the sound of effortlessness in improvising and other aspects of compositions. I wish to do something like this in painting. To give the appearances of production of ease. The feeling of effortlessness offers a step into the illusion of painting."

Justin's watercolours have been accepted several times for the Royal Watercolour Society open. He has been accepted three times for the Royal Society of British Artists annual exhibition. 

He has shown World-wide in solo and group exhibitions, including Japan, Canada and the UK.

Check out this fascinating discussion on the processes used to produce Justin's award winning work. This insight into the methods of production is a real eye opener into the creative process. Society of East Anglian Watercolourists interview

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