Beverley Hawksley is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist based in Ontario, Canada. Through her paintings, she composes enigmatic narratives that force contemplation. She likes to mix various materials such as newspaper or book sheets that she diverts from their primary function.
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Born in 1954 in Oshawa, Beverley Hawksley is a self-taught multi media artist based in Muskoka, Ontario. She has worked for over twenty years in a variety of disciplines including painting, 2D mixed media, sculpture, installation, poetry and performance.
She is a long-time exhibitor at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and in solo and group exhibitions in galleries. Her work has been commissioned for public art pieces, book illustrations and performances.
With a focus on creative process, Beverley Hawksley also facilitates art-making with groups, schools and in private sessions.
Her work is in corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.
” Stories are important to me and I’m especially interested in the ones that stem from the sum of our layers. My work considers the ongoing tension between what we know in our cells and what we wear on our skin.
I describe my work as narrative, although I seldom know exactly what the story is. I have developed a process of layering paper, charcoal, paint, collage and metal leaf and have learned to trust that what comes along with each of these applications is a kind of discovery of characters. Whether I am painting human or animal forms, they seem to come with their own agenda. I like to think that my painting subjects find me, and then it is up to me to allow them their say. ”