Nigel and Laric , Weaver Hawkins
  • Artist
    Weaver Hawkins
  • Born
  • Died
  • Title
    Nigel and Laric
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    736 x 584 mm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased with the assistance of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council, 1976

Weaver Hawkins

Nigel and Laric

Born in London, Weaver Hawkins studied at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, Westminister School of Arts and the Royal Academy.  Severely wounded in the right arm in World War One, Hawkins began painting with his left hand as a form of therapy before going on to study art more formally at the Bristol School of Art.  From 1923 Hawkins and his wife travelled widely in France, Spain, Italy and Malta where he adopted the name 'Raokin' based on a local pronunciation of 'Signor Hawkins'.

This portrait of his sons was painted in France in 1933 prior to the departure of the artist's family for Australia via Tahiti and New Zealand.  The spray of wattle might seem prophetic but as 'mimosa' it is a much loved flower in the south of France.  In this well planned and orderly composition, the artist has emphasised the intensity of the childrens' gaze, but it is as much the use of saturated and contrasting colours that makes this image more than just a straight forward portrait.