The paintings of Pam Hawkes are not portraits as such. Something else is going on in her richly worked, exquisitely realistic images. Each painting offers up fragments, broken or mirrored images, or self-absorbed reflections of exquisite young women and men.
Who are these people? And why do they seem to enfold, embrace and pull us into their world with their hunted eyes, transparent skin, and breathtakingly beautiful frozen glances.
Pam Hawkes works from within traditions of Renaissance portraiture; certainly at a technical level, her paintings are remarkable and highly skilled depictions of sitters within exotic, lush and decadent settings. But she also embraces more contemporary issues such as the construction of identity, the existence and physicality of desire, the ambiguity of sexuality and the push-pull of power that exists between the viewer and the subject of their vision.
Complex, sensual, erotic and powerful …. Pam Hawkes' paintings take your breath away while simultaneously breathing life back into your soul.