Lea Hawkins is an Australian artist working mainly in the areas of photography, drawing and ceramics. Lea has been selected in national competitions including twice as semi finalist in The HeadOn Portrait Prize and The Moran Photographic Portrait Prize. Twice as a finalist in the Canon Photo5 competition, and twice Highly Commended in Meroogal Women's Art Prize.
Lea's work appears on music album and book covers, both locally and internationally, in national newspapers and magazines including Art Collector magazine. Her donated t-shirt design for Greenpeace was their all time best selling design in the 90's, and images from her book and exhibition 'Shoalhaven' have been requested for offices in Australia's Parliament House. She has worked as a press photographer, as a stills photographer for Beyond Empathy's award winning film Rights of Passage and as a writer for Digital Photography School.
Currently living and working out of a bathroomless shack/studio in the rain forested hills of South East Coast New South Wales, Australia working on a two year project started in August 2019, combining the varied disciplines Lea has been working separately her whole life. Removing people from the subject matter focusing mostly on landscape and the plants and creatures it contains. The subject enabling Lea to experiment with wide variety of techniques and try out some new ones such as painting and printmaking.
"I don't know where this new body of work is going yet. Just when I think I have a grip on it, there's a new twist. All I know so far is I dont want the work to shout things, lecture you or or tell you how to be or behave or think, I'd say it's the opposite. If it was to say anything, it would possibly be best described as "Shhhhh"."
You can follow Lea's progress on her instagram page
Image: Poppy Speaks featuring 'Fingerprint Poetry by Chris Mansell