David Hawkins

The Rt Revd David Hawkins, the Bishop of Barking and Patron of commission4mission, describes himself as an artist first and priest second. Most of what he paints has its inspiration in landscape. There are a large number of artists and periods that he finds absorbing but what fires him most are contemporary artists such as Terry Frost, Sam Francis, Ivon Hitchens and Howard Hodgkin.
In 2005 he collaborated with Pippa Hale and Stuart Tarbuck in a public art project in Leeds called Mene Mene which saw a series of texts abstracted from their original biblical context and filtered throughout the city in a variety of formats – from high-profile banners and adverts on bus shelters to more intimate sayings on bench plaques and in shop windows.

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