Hawkes created a new shape, The Sphelix, with David Constable in 1978 by which they joined a sphere and a helix. Hawkes sees this shape as inspirational and allegorical: it ‘spins yin yang, DNA, the life force, anti-racism and the joining of communities…. It’s the romantic side of geometry. It is all beautiful curves and yet it’s made with a straight line. A wonderful enigma.’ He states: ‘I have always been chasing the line. The line’s purity and shape has always fascinated me.’
The highly polished beauty of the patina on the bronze of Half Sphelix sets off the complex internal geometry which results in an elegant and organic structural unity. It is symmetrical and deceptively simple and pure in form. It is a concrete representation of harmony, unity and integrity.
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About the Artist
Johnny Hawkes is a self-taught artist and renowned furniture designer whose work has been exhibited internationally. His career as both an artist and craftsman spans thirty years. He has designed and created the Fireball, Britain’s fastest skateboard wheel, and completed numerous commissions for both private and corporate clients; notably Lord Bath’s millennium bed and library; a writing desk for the Governor General of Monte Carlo; the Epsom Derby Trophy and a stand in Westminster Palace for Her Majesty the Queen. His monumental sculptures have been installed in La Defense, Paris and Covent Garden, London and are held, also, in many important private collections.
Hawkes’ work encompasses abstract flowing forms. It chases the purity of line in curves, accompanied by a love of sacred & fractal geometry. He is inspired by Henry Moore and Naum Gabo. Hawkes believes his designs can be grouped into two styles: the organic and the sharp. The organic, ‘feminine side … involves sensual flowing lines …. Water, women and nature are the prime inspiration for this style. The masculine, sharp side is visually much tougher; using intersecting planes and geometric forms for pieces that derive their inspiration from architecture and man-made objects.’ Hawkes works emotionally and draws on environmental issues. ‘We are given so much by trees, yet we do not give them anything back. Some of the work references this violence we have towards them.’