David Hawkins | Artist

Mixed Media Gallery

It is not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.’

David Henry Thoreau

Torso

‘The limbs of trees branch out like arms and legs from the trunk of a figure.

Henry Moore

Ivy

Trees

Rocks

Adam and Eve

after Masacio’s ‘Adam and Eve Expelled from the Garden of Eden’ 15th Century

89 x 38cm | 2015

During a woodland walk, in a flash, I saw standing before me Adam and Eve – shortly before they were expelled from the Garden of Eden.  The serpent was there, as was the Tree of Good and Evil, the Tree of Calvary and the Tree of Life.  The ivy, like evil, entwined the couple as they in turn clung to the tree.

The relationship of English Ivy (Hedera helix) to our trees has similarities to the behaviour of evil toward human beings.  Its habit is to attach itself to anything that stands, with the help of suction-like roots called ‘hold fasts’.  Although it does not kill the tree, it competes for nutrients, water and sunlight, and so may weaken the tree making it more prone to disease and branch dieback.

Masacio's Adam and Eve

The Three Graces

after Botticelli
560 x 360cm  |  2019

David Hawkins The Three Graces
Boticelli three graces

North York Moors | 200 x 90cm | 1998 Private Collection

Bakers Arms Walthamstow | 246 x 102 cm | 2005

Thorpe Fell | 246 x 102 cm | 1997