Hugo Hawkins is an artist who has been a student at Newcastle University for the last four years. His primary subject matter lies in the everyday, the monotony of life and the rejuvenation of his surroundings.
For Hawkins the pavements he walks on, the walls he walks by become a fascination of natural composition and colour. Through the facility of Mother Nature and almost constant touch the concrete has worn in all manners of ways creating a myriad of texture and tone. It is this surface which Hugo tries to portray in his work. Through the use of his individual painterly touch he takes these industrial materials of concrete and tarmac and brings these snippets from everyday life to a new colourful existence. Texture is another main focus for Hawkins, which can be seen throughout his work. In his latest collection of works Hawkins has experimented with the use of marble dust allowing himself to leave traces of inscriptions and textures.
The second aspect of Hawkins work lies in the use of sculpture. Using the very materials he seeks out to represent in his paintings. Using concrete as his medium Hawkins creates thick rigid squares, all have a smaller indented square incorporated, this holds an ununiformed glazed terracotta tile. In the space left textures taken from life and invented have been added in. The use of these two materials give contrast to each other and start to build a relationship between their individual surface textures. Not only representing the everyday but adding his own.