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A 40 page photo book entitled SPECIES exhibiting paintings and digitally manipulated photographs of animal species rendered in an abstract expressionist style is now available on blurb.com. http://www.blurb.com/b/7997507-species
In June 2017, Montana artist Rocky Hawkins will exhibit a new body of work in a painting series entitled “Uproar” involving the awareness and protection of endangered species and rare animals. Each piece is portrayed in an uplifting manner with a sense of positive hope for all creatures.
Although the subject matter is a departure from his former work, Rocky always begins his paintings with “automatism,” that is, drawing or painting in the subconscious with no preconceived subject or composition in mind. He uses his innate passion for abstraction with fragmented strokes
and unrestrained color resulting in a glimpse of what might be. Rocky’s early education in commercial art and schooling from realist painters have given him the creative ability to weave in partial realism when he feels it adds to the particular painting.
“Uproar” will be exhibited starting June 9 through the first week in July at Visions West Contemporary in downtown Bozeman, Montana. During this time partial proceeds of sales will be donated to two outstanding wildlife conservation organizations in Zambia, in southern Africa:
Zambian Carnivore Programme http://www.zambiacarnivores.org
Conservation South Luangwa http://cslzambia.org
The Zambian Carnivore Programme is directed by Dr. Matthew Becker, a long-time resident of Bozeman, Montana. Matthew received his Bachelor’s degree at UW-Madison and then his PhD in Wildlife Ecology at MSU-Bozeman. Matt’s father, Professor Mike Becker, taught English literature at MSU from 1974 until his retirement in 1997. Matt’s mother, Stephanie, also worked at MSU as Assistant Director of International Programs before her retirement in 1999. The Beckers are close friends and neighbors of Rocky and his wife Kat and quite often share Matt’s adventures and projects with them. Rachel McRobb, CEO of Conservation South Luangwa, works with the preservation of elephants and is a close friend of Matt and the Beckers. Because of these connections Rocky feels compelled to support these two organizations that work tirelessly on a limited budget making a difference in the preservation of the threatened animal world.
American Art Collector Juried Competiton 2016
“For-got-ten…Forgotten – out of mind, unremembered, yet sometimes the forgotten images drift by in the background haze of the present.
This painting of the once important cedar fence posts are abstract zen-like gestures.
Each unique post still standing is silently crying out to be viewed and remembered with it’s own individual story.”
2016 art exhibition – Visions West Contemporary
Visions West Contemporary, Bozeman, MT is pleased to announce a show featuring the works of artist Rocky Hawkins.
Hawkins began his painting career with a focus on illustration and commercial art at the Burnley School of Art in Seattle, however his later desire for self-expressionism and creative freedom led him into the world of abstract fine art painting using vibrant colors, line forms, and bold gestures.
Hawkins is interested in the texture of the painting’s surface, the relationships of colors, and expressing a feeling about what he sees. Hawkins looks to the Abstract Expressionists as kindred artistic souls-Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and others.
The “Graffito” series is a modern abstract graffiti-inspired approach to looking at life in America and beyond. He integrates pieces from old pulp fiction, western book covers and other elements. Within these vibrantly expressionistic paintings you can find hints of railroad cars, graffiti, words, scribble, and more.
“We Are All Connected” solo show – June 2014 – Visions West Contemporary
Press Release: Visions West Contemporary
Visions West Gallery presents We Are All Connected an exhibition of new work by Rocky Hawkins. The exhibition will be displayed at Visions West Gallery in Bozeman from June 13th to July 9th, 2014.
There will be a reception on the evening of the Art Walk on June 13th at 6:00 P.M. and Rocky Hawkins will be in attendance. Inspired by a life-long fascination with both our own planet and the universe,
Hawkins explores the wonders of the world through bold abstract expressionist pieces with the idea that we are all connected; our lives are defined by our relationship to each other and our environment.
Hawkins says, “I have painted this series, which connects the many different elements and aspects of life to bring awareness to the subject: We Are All Connected! We are made of stardust from billions and billions
of stars in the ocean of space and time. We need to see ourselves as one and unite to help solve the critical problems that our Earth is facing at this time. The complexity of the universe is beyond our grasp
of understanding, but in time with the desire to educate ourselves and each other we can restore our planet Earth to its wondrous origins. The tiny pale blue dot, our planet Earth, is located in the vast cosmos of space.
Its survival rests in our hands!” A Montana based artist with a strong connection to the vast landscape of the West, Hawkins wants to speak about our environment and how it is particularly relevant and increasingly in peril.
His unique vocabulary combines many shapes and forms that he hopes will bring beauty into viewers lives, but also make them think about our precious planet. Embracing the mystery inherent in life,
Hawkins pushes any boundary he encounters through his art. His vibrant palette is matched by expressive brushwork and his subject matter evolves from one painting to the next.
Artist Statement about the show:
“We are all connected, connected to one another, to the Earth and to the Universe! I have painted this series which connects the many different elements and aspects of life
to bring an awareness to the subject “ We Are All Connected”! We are made of stardust from billions and billions of stars in the ocean of space and time.
We need to see ourselves as one and unite, bringing an awareness to help solve the critical problems that our Earth is facing at this time. The complexity of the universe is beyond
our grasp of understanding, but in time with the desire to educate ourselves and each other we can restore our planet Earth to it’s wondrous origins.
The tiny pale blue dot, our planet Earth,
is located in the vast cosmos of space. It’s survival rests in our hands!”
NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE – 3/13/2014 – Placement of “Ascension” in featured ‘Mountain Living Magazine’
CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION
3/16/2014 10:00 AMThe New West: Contemporary Perspectives of the Rocky Mountain Region (Boettcher Cultural Pavilion 2nd floor) features work by Western contemporary artists, each expressing a very personal connection to the Rocky Mountain Region. From abstracted landscapes to depictions of the modern cowboy to symbolic images of the West, these artists create an interesting and thought-provoking visual juxtaposition.Featured artists: Maura Allen, Duke Beardsley, Mark England, Rocky Hawkins, Adam Jahiel, Charles Lindsay, Robert McCauley, Gordon McConnell, Tracy Stuckey, Barbara Van Cleve, Arin Waddell and Theodore Waddell.
The exhibit is open Saturdays and Sundays 10am-3pm February 15 – May 24 or by appointment. To make an appointment, please call 720-865-4303 or email Peter.Dearth@denvergov.org.
Museum Of The Rockies 2017 Auction Piece