Matthew Hawtin

 

 

 







Drawings 2004-2009

Drawings form the backbone of my artwork. The immediacy of drawing has always helped me explore my current work while also being a space in which to experiment; a safe place to let thoughts wander and new ideas emerge. Physically, drawings are the visual documents and files of the mind. Emotionally they carry the immediacy of an artistís thoughts and actions. It is direct and personal for the artist and the viewer. There is nothing more pleasing than the simplicity of pencil marks on a clean sheet of paper.
The importance of drawing was a direct influence of Eugenio Tellez, my professor at York University in Canada. As well as making beautiful drawings as part of his painting process, drawing was a way for him to mediate on ideas that may or may not see fruition as a painting. More importantly, for him, and now me, drawing and doodling was a way to unblock the mind in order to think clearer. If you didnít know what to do, he would tell us to draw or doodle. If you found yourself in a corner or blocked somehow, drawing was his answer. And now it is mine.

Drawings 2004-2009