With a camp, glamorous aesthetic, Chris Hawkes’ work presents a highly feminine yet unapologetic style as an act of rebellion against the machismo of painting. Working with multiply visual languages they blend figurative and abstract elements to create highly processed paintings that play with ideas of the sampled image, gender, taste and Queer identity. Heavily connected to Pop Art, they consciously acknowledge the role of signs and simulations within representation. However, the works deliberately re-engage with the auto-biographical and personal behind the ‘empty signs’. Since graduating in 2017 from the Fine Art Painting BA at University of Brighton, Hawkes has exhibited in London, Brighton and Liverpool. As well as completing a two-month residency in Chongqing, China which culminated in the MORE + MORE + MORE and taking part in the UKYA City Takeover in Nottingham.
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