Our Patron, The Rt. Revd. David Hawkins will be exhibiting his paintings at St Peter‟s Harold Wood from 11th – 21st March, prior to his retirement as Bishop of Barking. +David is a landscape artist who works with acrylics, watercolour, mixed media and installations. He is fascinated by the organic structure of landscape and its […]

David Hawkins

You are likely to find me painting outside, where sounds, smells and the elements sharpen what the eye sees. My inspiration comes from nature and especially the changing light and moods of the Yorkshire Dales. When an unexpected squall approaches it feels more like sport than art! It’s the essence of things which is my constant fascination….the ‘treeness’ of a tree as Paul Cezanne used to say.

I’m indebted to English nature painters such as Ivon Hitchens, Howard Hodgkins, Terry Frost and Patrick Heron, as well as masters of the Mediterranean – Matisse, Miro, Klee and Picasso.

My recent work includes flower painting and expressing the anthropomorphic qualities of ivy, trees and rock. I enjoy playing with the juxtaposition of images which seem to have no apparent relationship, but to me, are joined at the hip – a bit like the Surrealists – Magritte, Dali and co.


Our recent exhibition at St Paul’s Goodmayes included three portraits of local clerics: Michael Creasey exhibited a striking portrait of The Rt. Revd. David Hawkins, Bishop of Barking, in reflective pose; Henry Shelton showed his portrait of Fr. Benjamin Rutt-Field, Vicar of St Paul’s Goodmayes; while Peter Webb included his quirky painted wood relief portrait […]

Dedication of mosaics

The Rt Revd David Hawkins, Bishop of Barking and patron of commission4mission, dedicated new mosaics, commissioned through commission4mission, at St John’s Seven Kings today. The dedication took place at the end of the Patronal Festival service for St John’s. The two mosaics were commissioned as part of the development of the community garden at St Johns. They were envisaged […]

Submission to Arts Council England consultation

commission4mission aims to encourage the commissioning and placing of contemporary Christian Art in churches, as a means of fundraising for charities and as a mission opportunity for the churches involved. It is an emerging arts network based in East London and the Diocese of Chelmsford, and its patron is David Hawkins, The Bishop of Barking, […]