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Opening Reception: “Electric Horseman” – Rocky Hawkins
September 10 @ 4:00pm
Please join us in welcoming local artist Rocky Hawkins during his opening reception, in conjunction with the downtown Bozeman Art Walk from 4pm – 8pm. His newest body of work, “Electric Horseman,” is colorful, evocative, and not to be missed!
“The horse has been portrayed in rock and cave art for thousands of years and later regarded as an essential form of transportation. In my newest series entitled “Electric Horseman”, I have taken this ancient icon and transcended the horse along with the rider into a modern, colorful & abstract depiction of one of the most enduring and recognizable images in art.”
“My paintings are about expressing a visual experience that challenges and communicates with a sense of mystery. Mystery is a human trait and curious characteristic where not everything is easily explainable.
As a painter of fine art, I am in a constant state of challenging myself in technique, subject and mediums. By allowing myself to not be afraid to grow, I can take that necessary risk and journey of self discovery. I cannot label myself as particular type of painter. I swing from total abstraction to gestural figurative and at times tightly rendered realism. Sometimes I have a direct idea in mind and go after it and then other times I begin a painting with a journey into the unknown, where getting lost becomes the answer to which direction to take. I find the moment I’m lost is when I really discover the enjoyment of painting and who I am. I start by making gestures with colors and shapes, adding and subtracting abbreviated images and embracing the unpremeditated. At times I use automatism, that is, drawing or painting in the subconscious with no preconceived composition in mind. I use my innate passion for abstraction with fragmented strokes and color resulting in a glimpse of what might be. My early education in art school and with realist painters has given me the creative ability to weave in partial realism when I feel it works with a particular piece.
Most of the time I use either oil or acrylic and occasionally some assemblage of painting, my own photography, cut outs, journal pages, newspaper, fabric, and other applications. It is a process that I have embraced since my early days in art school. Other times it is simply about the paint and what I can do with it.”