Craig Hawkins: Infinite Space
On view January 6 - February 12, 2012
Opening Reception Friday January 6, 7-10 p.m. / Artist Talk at 7:15 / Free Concert by House Ghost at 8:00
Craig Hawkins received his B.F.A in Fine Art from Valdosta State University(2001) and his M.F.A. at the University of Georgia(2011). Hawkins grew up in multiple cities including Laurinburg, NC, Greer, SC, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Warner Robins, GA, Valdosta, GA, Newcastle, England, and Athens, GA. Describing his work, Hawkins says, “I collect moments of revelation and try to give them away as a drawing or a painting.”
Written by Emily Rosser for Daily Serving:
Craig Hawkins‘ work enhances the beauty of the world around us through the expression of a rich and deeply spiritual faith. Meditating on the word of God, Hawkins hones in on elemental truths of the Bible. The artist creates vivid imagery through transcendental compositions, high contrast narratives, and expressive mark making. The result is an intriguingly unique perspective on religious parables. Hawkins describes his work as, “the evidence of taking truth and imagining it”. Brilliantly honest, his work moves beyond the confines of the canvas to provoke vivacity, challenging the viewer to see with new eyes. The artist uses paint and charcoal to illustrate and unite the dynamic nature of the world around us with specific scriptural references. Using media as a form of conversation, the canvas becomes an open journal to actively demonstrate the work of his hands. Each mark is wholly significant, a means used to thrust the viewer into a matrix of emotion. Through Hawkins integrity in creation, the viewer moves closer to the truth, feelings, and experiences of the body.