"Art manifests as an expression of who the artist is, of what the artist wants to share and how the audience responds to the work. Art is an expression of experiences, places the artist has traveled to and hopes to visit - physically, mentally, emotionally and metaphorically.
Art uses craft through which the artist attempts to convey history, memories, goals, beliefs and emotion, deliberately depicted or subtly suggested.
Painting is the means I have to share these things and experience them more profoundly and wholly both through the work itself and through the impression the works make on the viewer. I may research my subjects in a way so that I feel I better understand the subject and express through the work not only my understanding of and appreciation for the subject, but present the viewer with work that also expresses the importance I attach to the subject.
With each new piece I create, I am challenged to go beyond and reach new levels of my own understanding and meld my relationship to the subject, the craft and and the interaction the viewer has with the work."
Copyright 2009 -2017 Kenneth Hawkey
Kenneth Hawkey was born in upstate New York. He studied all of the fine
arts and used his education and his talents throughout the Northeast
working as a scene designer and scenic painter, a corporate graphic
designer, book designer and garden designer and as a freelance graphic
artist working for several national companies.
He settled permanently in Truro, MA in 1991 at which time he exhibited
in Wellfleet and in Provincetown and then had his first solo art exhibit of
his paintings in Provincetown in 1992.
He is now represented by Larkin Gallery in Provincetown and Post Office
Gallery in North Truro where he continues to present a new series each year
in a solo exhibit. He has successfully participated in five Cape Cod Museum
of Art Invitational Summer Auctions, and has been included in juried shows
at Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Creative Arts Center in
Chatham, the Orleans Cultural Council and at Post Office Gallery. He has
been included consecutively in the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod ‘s winter
exhibits at Cotuit Center for the Arts for several years where his work was
also featured as the marketing emblem for the show “Balancing Act.”
He has participated in many group, invitational and member shows with The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown , the Falmouth Arts Center, The Truro Group and with the “After Hopper” theme shows. He has also completed a number of private commissions.
He is the recipient of two LCC Massachusetts Cultural Council Award Grants for two separate series of works based on local history. The historical exhibits included written narratives by Hawkey and all the work was included in two separate cataloged volumes that are included in local libraries. He then served on the Truro Cultural Council as Chair, evaluating, promoting and administering grant monies to worthy cultural projects.
He exhibited a complete series of paintings successfully in upstate New York with The Schenectady Light Opera Arts and Education Center and also with The Stockade Villager’s Art Exhibit where he was a recent prizewinner.
Hawkey recently accepted invitations from the Cultural Center of Cape Cod to participate in their first ever “Artist Revelry” and again in 2017. He also participated in Mutual Muses, where artists and poets created work inspired by one another.
Hawkey has been highlighted in Cape Cod Magazine in the feature story “Following His Instincts,” in two feature articles in the Provincetown Banner and in the Cape Cod Time’s “Best Bets.”
He has taught art privately, has been a local speaker on art style and on creating public art exhibits. He regularly leads art classes and projects for children at the Truro Public Library and also formerly with The Truro After School Program.
Hawkey’s well received work has been in high demand. His sold work has found a new home, both near and far, from coast to coast, and across the Atlantic.