For his latest exhibition ‘FANBOY’ Darrell Hawkins has continued to elaborate his motifs, teasing out the femme fatales and dapper gents from the web of history and presenting them with his signature fluorescent verve. His work records the cyclical nature of contemporary cultural life, combining the past, present and future in one moment.
'Colour in my artwork democratises the imagery I use in my paintings. I employ clashing vibrant hues and punchy neons in my work to drive my visual ideas, explore my own sense of aesthetics and to fulfil an innate need for sensory exploration.’
The show’s title refers to the method with which Hawkins creates his work, collecting imagery online to create a personal archive of imagery, that he then cuts and pastes together to create digital collages which form the source imagery for his paintings - some of these digital collages will be on show in this exhibition for the very first time.
‘The dynamic of the relationship I have with the people and things that inhabit my work is similar to a Fan Boy’s mentality, a visual list of things I connect with and idolise. I alternate between historical and contemporary references, connections I have made between subjects that interest me or outcomes of narratives I have created.’