Rebecca Hawkins: Sculptor and artist

All the Stars We Cannot See by Rebecca Hawkins

All the Stars We Cannot See by Rebecca Hawkins

Into The Light by Rebecca Hawkins

Into The Light by Rebecca Hawkins

Based near Andover in Wiltshire, Rebecca creates beautiful drawings and sculptures which hold strength, movement and elegance at their core. Her own line of work explores the strength and courage of women in situations where they are culturally or socially stigmatised. Rebecca is especially interested in the notion of what it means to feel empowered for women who are born into more challenging environments, and of the concept of Physis: "the determination to grow and survive", for women and girls across the world facing social and environmental hardship.

Drawing by Rebecca Hawkins

Drawing by Rebecca Hawkins

Drawing by Rebecca Hawkins

Drawing by Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca’s distinctive line of charcoal drawings have developed over the last 12 years. Time spent travelling and working in Nepal and India has given her an unbending respect for the women who live there. Inspired by their elegance, strength and humility in the face of social and environmental hardship, she has sought to pay homage to them through her drawings. Drawing from her minds eye, Rebecca aims to capture their sense of movement and the unmistakable “feel” of what it is to see these ethereal paragons in their surroundings. Gradually over the years she has started to introduce the use of gold leaf, and cultural references in the form of block printing found in their saris, into her drawings. Using a technique she has developed, she draws on gold leaf to build beautiful and unusual drawings which pay homage to the women who evolve from within them. Rebecca’s emphasis on traditional skills while incorporating beautifully crafted imagery is building a reputation with private and public collectors alike, both in the UK and abroad.

framed and in the gallery now

framed and in the gallery now

framed and in the gallery now

framed and in the gallery now

Within her sculpture, Rebecca works with the traditional figurative style, and more abstract sheet metal work designed primarily for the garden.  Her figurative, work is usually modelled in clay and then cast in either bronze or bronze resin.  Rebecca works to all scale with public commissioning bodies, garden designers and private clients alike

Rebecca has worked on a number of humanitarian projects, including working with the Esther Benjamins Trust in 2009 in Nepal, setting up a sculpture workshop to provide therapy through the art of making to victims of child trafficking. 

Dreams Afar Exhibition

Dreams Afar

Exhibition: July 3rd - Aug 4th

Travel inspired artworks

The Dreams Afar exhibition features art inspired by travel and culture.  The artworks include drawings of African safari animals, screen prints of everyday life in rural India and portraits of Sri Lankan workers, oil paintings of Japanese kimono, and a watercolour of Spanish flamenco. The featured artists include: Rebecca Hawkins; Natasha Kumar; Chitra Merchant; Jamel Akib; Veronica MacKinnon; Rennie Pilgrem; Marisa Cyd; Bryony Cox and mosaics by Antonella Scarpa-Isles. 

Chitra Merchant and Natasha Kumar both draw on their own Indian heritage to inform their artworks of rural life in India or historical temple sites. Rebecca Hawkins uses charcoal to delicately show the swirl of sari’s surrounded by gold leaf and block-print emblems 

Into the Night by Rebecca Hawkins

Into the Night by Rebecca Hawkins

Vestige by Chitra Merchant

Vestige by Chitra Merchant

Devakad by Chitra Merchant

Devakad by Chitra Merchant

Veronica MacKinnon’s detailed drawings of African Safari animals include lions resting, wildebeest in motion, and the fixed gaze of a caracal cat.

Wilderbeests by Veronica MacKinnon

Wilderbeests by Veronica MacKinnon

The exhibition can be viewed throughout July