Artist Pete Hawkins is on Buro 24/7's radar and as he prepares to open a new solo show in March entitled – I see you see – at the Lazarides Gallery we thought there was no better time to share the love.

The well travelled painter was born in Panama, into an artistic family. Resisting his creative heritage, Hawkins "did the obvious thing" and pursued a career in advertising after studying business at university. But his creative DNA couldn't be repressed forever and he chose to accept facts: He is an artist

Ditiching the rat-race and upping sticks to the western coast of Spain, Hawkins found a creative guiding beacon near the famous Trafalgar Lighthouse. 

Hawkins collections have exhibited at The Minotaur exhibition at the Lazarides gallery, which was such a success, it lead to a solo showing not long after. Hawkins favours oil on treated wood surfaces, he has presented an exhibition of art, painted on old school desks, such as; Astro Kite and Flight School. 

Sometimes childlike and at first glance fun, Hawkins' work is founded in nostalgia and can evoke a smile, but behind the smile a more melancholic undertone can linger: "Thinking back to childhood is very comforting, but also with hindsight quite frustrating", says Hawkins. "You can end up sitting at a desk in an office dreaming of being a fighter pilot."

Pete Hawkins story

Pete Hawkins story

Pete Hawkins story

Pete Hawkins story

Pete Hawkins story

Pete Hawkins story

Pete Hawkins story