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. 

FUN NEW SCULPTURES!

We’ve just put the first of two John Clark sculptures on display! John likes to “paint and build people” creating eloquent figures which symbolises his creative imagination and as John says  “Heads float in space, arms lie on planes, figures drift." They're fun and vibrant bringing a dash of colour to the gallery, the first titled “Darling” (below) is a pastel green couple embrassing upon a rustic pink plinth. The second called, “Caught Sleeping" is vibrant red couple one of which is being lifted by the other.

Darling by John Clark

Darling by John Clark

“ The technique used to build them is my own confection, combining pattern making, plotting and injection moulding. Each sculpture in an edition is finished with a variety of paints, pigments and waxes that are applied as if to a canvas. "

We love the humour in John’s work and his cunning observance of the human behaviour and form.   Check out some more of his quirky sculptures:

The Lovers by John Clark

The Lovers by John Clark

Caught Sleeping by John Clark

Caught Sleeping by John Clark

The Helping Hand by John Clark

The Helping Hand by John Clark

Sculpture Garden

If you have a spare moment while the sun is out, do pop by the sculpture garden in Bradford-on-Avon (Woolley St).   Sculpture is a lovely addition to a beautiful garden and how nice on a summer’s day to be able to wander through the flowers exploring the one-off sculptures.  On display are wood, bronze, wire, stone, ceramics and all manner of different mediums. Exhibitors include Derek Nice, Cathy Wood, Andrea Cryer, Willa Ashworth and Karen Edwards.  Here are some samples

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