Robert Hawk (American, b. 1967) - Born in Indiana, Robert's art appreciation began at a young age when he was mesmerized by an amazingly colorful and textured abstract artwork displayed in a local business. That painting sparked something within him. The colors were intense and influential. Robert always loved to draw, but his talents never really fully developed until he began to experiment with painting his own helmets while racing motorcycles as a young boy. His colorful designs quickly caught the eye of other racers, and soon he found himself painting... Read More
A bit later in life, Robert’s talents lead him to start a full time graphic arts business that included painting for motorsports, graphic design, and creating signage. His most memorable project was a fully custom four-wheeler that was a tribute to the Super Bowl winning Indianapolis Colts. Signed by coach Tony Dungey, the custom painted vehicle was on display in the Lucas Oil stadium main entrance landing for many years.
Later, Robert began to create art that was not to be found on a helmet, or on wheels. His passion was ever increasing toward works that would be displayed in homes and businesses. Robert worked to master the medium of acrylic paints, using brushes and pallet knives instead of his familiar spray guns and airbrushes. Being self- taught, it has been both challenging and liberating. Those new techniques have opened up a new world of color and depth into his works.
Robert creates his art on canvas and wood, but his greatest passion is to paint on metal. “I love to paint on hand ground and sanded metal with transparent paints. Something enticing and magical happens when light kisses the painting and reflects from the manipulated metal. Light just radiates through the colors.” Robert also incorporates the use of gloss finishes as the luster adds even more depth to his paintings. The pure clear finish provides an unimpeded path for light to travel and fully ignite colors.
They say that life often revolves in circles…from that colorful painting that captivated Robert’s eye as a child, to present day; Robert is now creating his own unique and colorful works of art to share with others. It seems the art of life has indeed come full circle.