Chris Hawkes


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 multiple visual languages they blend figurative and abstract elements to create highly processed paintings. Ideas of the sampled image, gender, taste and queer identity are played within their work, as they weave the auto-biographical with images lifted from art history and contemporary culture.

Since graduating in 2017 from a Fine Art Painting BA at the University of Brighton, Hawkes has exhibited in London, Brighton and Liverpool, as well as completing a two-month residency in Chongqing, China in 2018 and studying at The Essential School of Painting in 2020/2021 having been awarded the Newman Young Artist Scholarships.