William Hawkins "Making Itself”

Ricco/Maresca Gallery

poster for William Hawkins "Making Itself”

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RICCO/MARESCA GALLERY presents "William Hawkins: Making Itself"an exhibition of work by one of the most audacious painters of the twentieth century. William Hawkins (1895-1990) died just short of his 95th birthday, leaving behind nearly 400 bold, expressive paintings of animals, landscapes, and architectural icons. The self-taught African-American artist is renown for daring to take painting to an extreme level -- letting the painting take over the process. Hawkins gave the world the uninhibited expression of his gift, intuitively combining an outrageous palette suggestive of 1960s Pop Art with wild geometric abstracted forms. He created his paintings with inexpensive and readily available materials -- oil enamel and a single brush on Masonite, a surface he preferred because it didn't "suck-up the paint." Often he would pour or drip the paint onto the surface, then lift and tilt the board, letting gravity play out the painting’s composition. As Hawkins so often said, he was just watching the painting "making itself."



from March 21, 2013 to May 11, 2013

Opening Reception on 2013-03-21 from 18:00 to 20:00


William Hawkins

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