Johnny Hawkes talks us through his exhibition ‘Chasing the Line’ at Sladmore Contemporary.
Hawkes is a self-taught artist who has worked predominantly throughout his life with wood. A renowned modern furniture designer and maker, he has been chosen to exhibit internationally, from New York to Sydney. After a brief and uninspiring time at Art School he joined the communal workshops 401½ in Vauxhall, London. Setting up his own studio he has created work in his signature style for many private and corporate clients. Most memorable were Lord Bath’s millennium bed and library, the Epsom Derby Trophy, a stand in Westminster Palace for the Her Majesty The Queen and a writing desk for Monte Carlo’s Governor General. His monumental sculptures have been installed in La Defense, Paris and Covent Garden, London, and are held in many important private collections.