Tim Hawkesworth grew up in Ireland, immigrated to the US in 1977. He has been showing in New York since the early 1980’s as well as other cities around the country and in Europe. His work has received considerable critical attention including reviews in the New York Times, Art News, the New Yorker, the LA Times, the Boston Globe and the Irish Times.
Hawkesworth’s writing has also been published by several art magazines. He teaches his workshops at different locations around the country including, Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and Bennington College in Vermont.
Hawkesworth’s artwork is in many public and private collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery. He is currently represented by Littlejohn Contemporary in New York and Peyton Wright Gallery in Santa Fe. His work was recently featured in a solo exhibit at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin and he is one of four Irish painters in The Quick and the Dead at the Dublin City Hugh Lane Museum.
There is an urgency and sense of disruption in the marks and the battered surfaces of Timothy Hawkesworth’s drawings, a similar quality that is seen in the artist’s paintings. The energized marks relentlessly make and unmake the images that seem to come to us as survivors rather than products of the process. One senses a meditative stillness and equilibrium which overlays the restless quality of the artist’s hand in his work.
Donald Kuspit has written that “Hawkesworth’s art is about the uncanniness of suffering.” In the artist’s work, however, there is more evidence of the force of life. It seems to be informed by the old paradox: because death is inevitable, all human activity is futile; it is at the same time and for the same reason, heroic and deeply touching. Elizabeth Sussman has written: “Hawkesworth’s art conveys a desire for painting to return to its primary concern for deep existential meaning.”
Mr. Hawkesworth, who grew up in Ireland, draws heavily from his European roots. It is, as Donald Kuspit has noted, “art that is existentially and humanistically orientated. It is concerned to articulate a tragic sensibility…. Art once again engaged with trying to say what it means to be human”. Educated in Trinity College Dublin, Hawkesworth has been exhibiting regularly in New York and Ireland. His work has received considerable critical attention and is in many public and private collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and the List Visual Arts Center at MIT in Cambridge, MA.