Weaver Hawkins

  • Born 1893 in Sydenham, London, UK
  • Died 1977 in Willoughby, Australia
Harold Frederick Weaver Hawkins had studied to become an art teacher before enlisting in World War I. After sustaining serious injuries to his right arm during the Battle of the Somme in 1916, he learned to paint and draw with his left hand. To avoid the stigmatized label of “wounded artist,” he briefly created art under the pseudonym Raokin in 1927, but later became known as Weaver Hawkins. After traveling widely, he and his family settled in Australia in 1935. Hawkins’s work explored the consequences of the modern age, from drawings of workers to moralistic works about atomic war to spiritual paintings. His style exhibits influences from such movements as Vorticism, Surrealism, and social realism. He was a founding member of both the Contemporary Art Society of New South Wales, of which he was president in 1952 and again from 1954 to 1963, and the Sydney Printmakers group. He had his first retrospective at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1976.

Artworks by Weaver Hawkins in the exhibition