William Hawkins

William Hawkins is a self-taught artist who was active in the Columbus, Ohio area for most of his life. He began his painting career in the 1930s, experimenting with house paint on found wood, using images from both pop culture media and his own photography as inspiration for his fantastical pieces. His expressionist paintings are marked by his broad, painterly brushstrokes enlivened by his bold color palettes. He chose subjects from his own life as sources for his spiritual, almost surreal paintings. For most of his life, Hawkins supported himself by working a wide range of laborious jobs; his series of animals reflect his time working on a farm breaking horses. He is promoted by the Foundation for Self Taught Artists and his work is featured in the permanent collection of the American Folk Art Museum in New York.

WILLIAM HAWKINS

Born 1895, Madison, Kentucky
Died 1990, Columbus, Ohio

Awards and Fellowships
1984-1988 Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship

Solo Exhibitions

2018 William L. Hawkins: An Imaginative Geography, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa
2017 The Unmediated Vision of William Hawkins, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City
2013 Making Itself, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City
2010 Architectural Paintings, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City
2002 William Hawkins, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City
2001 William Hawkins, The Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio
1999 William Hawkins, The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
1997 William Hawkins: Paintings, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City
1997 William L. Hawkins Born July 27 1895, Museum of American Folk Art, New York City
1995 William Hawkins, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City
1995 Centennial Exhibition: the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of William L. Hawkins, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City
1993 Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City
1991 William Hawkins, Ginza Art Space, Shiseido Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
1991 Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City
1990 William Hawkins, The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
1990 Popular Images; Personal Visions – The Art of William Hawkins, 1895-1990, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
1990 William L. Hawkins 1895-1990, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City
1989 William Hawkins, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois
1989 Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City
1989 William L. Hawkins: Transformations, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois
1989 Edward Thorp Gallery, New York City
1987 Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1987 Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City
1986 Wiliam Hawkins, Keny and Johnson Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
1986 Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1986 Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1986 Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1986 Keny-Johnson Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
1985 Ricco-Johnson Gallery, New York City
1985 Harris-Brown Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1984 Ricco-Johnson Gallery, New York City
1984 Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1984 Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1982 William Hawkins and Smoky Brown, Ohio Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 AWKWARD (with John Bradford, Katherine Bradford, Siro Cigusi, Shaun Ellison, Paul Housley, Cristina Lama and Tim Stoner), Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2016 Unfiltered Visions: 20th Century Self-Taught American Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
2014 Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, (traveling exhibition), American Folk Art Museum, New York City; Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa; Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana; Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida
2013 Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Sheldon and Jill Bonovitz Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013 Hawkins/Hawkins: One Saw Everything, One Saw Nothing, Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, Illinois
2012 Accidental Genius: Art From the Anthony Petullo Collection,
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2010 The Museum of Everything, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy
1999 Culprits, Innocents and Outsiders: Heartland Visions, Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, Illinois
1999 Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century: An American Anthology, (traveling exhibition), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas; Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
1997 A Place for Us: Vernacular Architecture in American Folk Art, Museum of
American Folk Art, New York City
1996 Expressions of Trust: Recent Gifts to the Permanent Collection, Museum of American Folk Art, New York City
1996 Pictured in My Mind: Contemporary American Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Dr. Kurt Gitter and Alice Rae Yelen, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1993 Bob Bishop: A Life in American Folk Art, Museum of American Folk Art, New York City
1993 Driven to Create: The Anthony Petullo Collection of Self-Taught and Outsider Art, Museum of American Folk Art, New York City
1993 Passionate Visions of the American South: Self-Taught Artists, 1940-Present, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana; University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; University of California at Berkely; San Diego Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina
1993 Primitivism: A Historical Overview, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1992 19th and 20th-Century Afro-American Artists, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1992 Contemporary American Folk Art: The Bales Collection, Haggerty Museum of Art / Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1992 Give Me a Louder Word Up: African-American Art, Metropolitan State College of Denver / Center for Visual Arts, Denver, Colorado
1992 Sam Doyle, William Hawkins, Purvis Young, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York City
1992 Works of Art…Worlds Apart, Fenimore House / New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York
1991 The Cutting Edge: Contemporary American Folk Art, Museum of American Folk Art / Eva and Morris Feld Gallery, New York City
1991 Different Drummer: Works by American Self-Taught Artists, MetLife Gallery, New York City
1991 Made with Passion: The Hemphill Folk Art Collection, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
1991 Outsider USA, Malmo Kunsthalle, Malmo, Sweden travelled to Esbo Art Hall, Esbo, Helsinki, Finland, and Walno Altonens Konstmuseum, Abo, Finland;
Ronneby Cultural Centre, Ronneby, Sweden; Bergens Kunstforening, Bergen, Norway; Hafnarbog, Reykjavik, Iceland; Kunstmuseum Kartause Ittingen, Warth, Switzerland; Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark
1991 Personal Intensity: Artists in Spite of the Mainstream, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1991 Personal Voices: Outsider Art and Signature Style, American Center for Design, Chicago, Illinois
1990 Into the Mainstream: Contemporary Folk Art, Naive and Outsider Art, Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio
1989 How the Eagle Flies: Patriotic Images in Twentieth Century Folk Art, Meadow Farm Museum, General Sheppard Crump Memorial Park, Richmond, Virginia
1989 New Traditions: Non-Traditions: Contemporary Folk Art in Ohio, The Riffle Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
1989 Expressions of a New Spirit: Highlights from the Permanent Collection of the Museum of American Folk Art, Museum of American Folk Art, New York City
1989 Selections from the Collection: Contemporary Art, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida
1988 Folk Heroes: 20th Century American Self-Taught Artists, George Ciscel Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
1987 Making the Mainstream, SVC Fine Art Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
1987 Acquisitions ’87, Buscaglia-Castellani Art Gallery of Niagara University, Buffalo, New York
1987 Paintings and Sculpture by Black American Self-Taught Artists, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1986 Liberties with Liberty, The Museum of American Folk Art, New York City
1986 Muffled Voices, The Museum of American Folk Art and Paine-Weber Galleries, New York City
1986 Interface: Outsiders and Insiders, Lancaster Gallery for Visual Arts, Ohio University, Lancaster, traveled to: Athens Trisolini Gallery, Ohio University
and the University of Akron, Ohio
1986 Black American Folk Art, Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey
1985 Out of Ohio: Two Visions, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1985 Thorp Intermedia Gallery, New York City
1985 Masterpieces of Primitive Art, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1985 New American Talent, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas
1985 Rebuilding Liberty: Old and New Themes in American Folk Art, Hotel Stamford Plaza, Stamford, Connecticut
1984 Folk Art: Then and Now, Stamford Museum, Stamford, Connecticut
1984 Beyond Tradition: Contemporary American Folk Art, The Katonah Gallery, Katonah, New York
1984 Soul Catchers, Stellweg-Seguy, New York City
1984 Webb & Parsons Gallery, Long Island City, New York
1984 Since the Harlem Renaissance, Center Gallery of Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
1982 Two-Person Show, Ohio Gallery, Columbus, Ohio