William L. Hawkins  (American, 1895-1990) 

William Hawkins (American, 1895-1990), born in Kentucky, is a self-taught artist who was active in the Columbus, Ohio area for most of his life. He began his painting career in the 1930s, experimenting with house paint on found wood, using images from both pop culture media and his own photography as inspiration for his fantastical pieces. His expressionist paintings are marked by his broad, painterly brushstrokes enlivened by his bold color palettes. He chose subjects from his own life as sources for his spiritual, almost surreal paintings. For most of his life, Hawkins supported himself by working a wide range of laborious jobs; his series of animals reflect his time working on a farm breaking horses. He is promoted by the Foundation for Self Taught Artists and his work is featured in the permanent collection of the American Folk Art Museum in New York.

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William L. Hawkins, Conquest of the Moon #2


William L. Hawkins
Conquest of the Moon #2

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William L. Hawkins, Log Cabin


William L. Hawkins
Log Cabin

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William L. Hawkins, Ohio State House no. 2


William L. Hawkins
Ohio State House no. 2

William L. Hawkins, Portrait Profile


William L. Hawkins
Portrait Profile

Skot Foreman Fine Art
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William L. Hawkins, Did Comets the Dinosaurs


William L. Hawkins
Did Comets the Dinosaurs


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William L. Hawkins, Sans titre


William L. Hawkins
Sans titre, 1986
oil on wood


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William L. Hawkins, Buda Man


William L. Hawkins
Buda Man
enamel paint on pine plank


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1895   Born in a rural area, KY
1916   Moved to Columbus, OH
1990   Died in Columbus, OH
2010   William Hawkins: Architectural Paintings, Ricco Maresca, New York, NY (solo)
2002   William Hawkins, Ricco Maresca, New York, NY (solo)
1999 - 2001   The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH and The Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH
1999   Culprits, Innocents and Outsiders: Heartland Visions, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL
William Hawkins, Ricco Maresca, New York, NY (solo)
Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century: An American Anthology, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, and travelled to the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
1997   Retrospective Exhibition, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, NY (retrospective)
William Hawkins, Ricco Maresca, New York, NY (solo)
1995   Ricco/Maresca, New York, NY (solo)
1990   Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH (solo)
1989   Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL (solo)
1986   Keny and Johnson Gallery, Columbus, OH (solo)
1982   William Hawkins and Smoky Brown, Roger McClane's Ohio Gallery, Columbus, OH
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Museum of American Folk Art, New York, NY
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
2003    Carlano, Annie, Caterina Gemma Brenzoni, and Susan Brown McGreevy. Vernacular Visionaries: International Outsider Art. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003
Laffal, Florence and Julius. American Self-Taught Art: An Illustrated Analysis of 20th Century Artists and Trends with 1,319 Capsule Biographies. North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2003
1997    Maresca, Frank and Roger Riccio. William Hawkins: Paintings. New York: Knopf, 1997
1993    Sellen, Betty-Carol and Cynthia J. Johnson. 20th Century American Folk, Self Taught, and Outsider Art. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 1993
1990    Rosenak, Chuck and Jan. Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Folk Art and Artists. New York: Abbeville Press, 1990