Born in Boston/USA, I have lived and worked in Germany for over 35 years. Until 2009 I focused my professional activity on marketing/communication with one of the leading German financial institutions in North-Rhine-Westphalia. Being an artist all my life, I officially became a free-lance artist in 1996.
My ancestors in America were important engineers and builders of iron-bridges in New England. I feel this kinship and concentrate on the portrayal of bridge-scenery in my new series.
I live and work in Meerbusch/North-Rhine-Westphalia. My search for suitable motives sends me on trips around the world. However, working on subjects from my chosen home - the German Rhineland - is very close to my heart.
In 2014 I started work on a completely new art technique, which is a synthesis of two art forms. I call my new technique "SINN-THESEN" (Worlds of synthesis). Through the combination of photography, creative painting and a final finishing, I portray special moments coming to life.
Photography delivers the motive: a unique moment extracted out of the world of human beings and nature. However, the photo itself is not a finished product for me, but requires further perfection through color, brush and stroke. The next step: I use the art of painting to bring the photo to life. Colorful design and emotional expression flow into the painting. The final refinement with transparent synthetic resin preserves the artwork and creates new light effects. The result is vivid, realistic and fantastic at the same time. The colors glow from within.
Each selected motive is based on numerous journeys, countless bridge photos and a long selection process. At least 30 to 50 hours of pure painting flow into each artwork. At the end of this process stands a new work of art: unique in its creation, diverse in its expression.
Bridges fascinate me. Created by man's own hand, bridges surpass the so far insurmountable. Bridges are based on solid banks and expand across difficult terrain. Unique and solitary, bridges are made of wood, iron, steel and stone. Bridges are places of encounter. Bridges are beautiful.
My ancestors built iron bridges with passion - with the same passion I paint them.
KunstTage Rhein-Erft in the Brauweiler Abbey September 14 and 15, 2019
The KunstTage Rhein-Erft is a major regional Art-Fair located in the historic Brauweiler Abbey situated near Cologne. The quality of the artwork exhibited, in combination with fabulous sunny weather, attracted nearly 10,000 people to this year’s exhibit. David R. Hawkins presented a selection of works from his series “The Souls of Bridges”. The artists presented were chosen by an expert jury. The initiation and organization of this annual event was realized by the County of Rhein-Erft.
Comments of the artist:
“The interest in my new works was overwhelming! The theme: “The Souls of Bridges”, as well as the paintings themselves, deeply touched the hearts of the art-enthusiasts who attended the exhibit. Our interesting conversations revealed how profound the emotional relationship is that people have to “their” bridges.”