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British, born 1959
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Working in acrylic on canvas, cardboard, and paper, painter and draughtsman Vincent Hawkins creates rhythmic compositions of lightly colored abstract forms. “Play is part of the process, it’s where you discover through a kind of excavation,” he says. “I move the forms around and reconfigure them, if needed.” Hawkins cites Richard Diebenkorn, Pablo Picasso, Paul Nash, and Kurt Schwitters as influences; the latter is particularly evident in Hawkins’ recent work, in which he liberates forms from the strictures of the picture plane, painting onto cutout pieces of cardboard and oval sheets of paper. Hawkins’ paintings have drawn comparisons with those of Henri Matisse and Paul Klee.