This show, like many events, has been shaped by the changes in the world in the past couple of years with Dan continuing to channel his artistic vision through the interplay of beauty and darkness.
These works showcase bizarre dream-like worlds that illustrate the pull between what is beautiful, what is ugly, what is life and its interactions with technology. Some of the worlds are hauntingly beautiful, others are simply serene while others are twisted mirrors to both serenity and beauty. . The dark fantasy and sci-fi worlds that are brought to life on the page contain chaos in ink.
Dan Hawksworth Artist Biography
Dan Hawksworth is a Winnipeg born and raised contemporary visual artist whose primary focus is on pen/ink based illustrations. For Dan, art is a form of art therapy that allows him to process the world around him and allow his imagination to roam freely whether through the realms of fantasy, mysticism, science fiction or popular culture. His works have ranged from fanart through science fiction, fantasy and more recently a turn into the macabre and gothic with elements of steampunk, Lovecraftian horror and Giger becoming prominent. His works since 2018 have been primarily pen based examining themes around the pull between beauty and darkness and the interplay of the “beautiful lie against the ugly truth”.
His illustrations also extend into cartooning focused on his character Dee Dragon which is a fun house mirror view into how Dan perceives the world as well as occasional social commentary and satirical works.