William Hawkins: Paintings
Frank Maresca and Roger Ricco
Forward by Gary Schwindler
121 color plates, $45
William Hawkins: Paintings is the first book, with 121 reproductions of paintings by this brilliant twentieth-century folk artist; a self-taught master, who began to paint when he was ten years old and won national recognition at the age of eighty-five.
William Hawkins was born and raised on a small Kentucky farm. Seeking to express himself, he used whatever materials were at hand– glossy enamels (ordinary house paints), large pieces of Masonite, and heavy paper or cardboard rescued from trash heaps. He painted continuously, earning his living as a truck driver and unskilled laborer. His intense, wondrous, quirky paintings are filled with images both startling and playful that derive from an unruly but inspired sense of freedom and humor. Here are wild animals–an elephant with a striped tusk and trunk; a stag, wide-eyed and startled, looking out from a mask-like face; cityscapes; historical and modern landmark architecture; images made from photographs; a red Ferris wheel; a short humpbacked creature with a cone hat, a beak, and a single, pasted-on eye.
Handsomely designed and produced, William Hawkins: Paintings chronicles the life and work of one of our most important American self-taught artists.