Alan Hawkins was born on 11th January 1950 in Ashton-on-Mersey, Manchester. As a child he drew a lot, being attracted to nature especially. The Head of his school strongly recommended to his father that Alan should continue his studies in art. At that time, art was not recognised as a career, and Alan left school at the age of 15.
At the age of 21 he went to Northwich College of Art as a mature student on the strength of his paintings without qualifications, leaving in 1973 with a Dip.A.D. Shortly after finishing Art College he started working for a large advertising agency. After 10 years as a graphic designer, he realised he was hardly painting, which he felt was the main thing missing in his life. He took a bold step and became a full time artist and has been painting ever since.
In 1982, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters accepted 3 of his paintings. He has had his work accepted by the Pannett Gallery in Whitby, Warrington Art Gallery, Stockport Gallery and The Mall Gallery London amongst others. In 2010, Alan had a four month solo exhibition at Salford Art Gallery, featuring his ‘Father’s Fears’ paintings. In 2012 part of his latest work was exhibited at the Buy Art Fair in Manchester and his ‘Father’s Fears’ were exhibited in a Gallery in Alderley Edge where The national newspaper Daily Star featured an article on this. He has given demonstrations to various schools and art societies. The most recent was at Salford Art Gallery.
Alan has fulfilled numerous private commissions in the United Kingdom. He has also painted celebrities such as Matthew Kelly, Robert Powell and Chris Eubank. He was commissioned by The Royal Variety Club to paint Les Dawson. As a result of this he became recognised as a portrait painter which led him to be approached to paint portraits of 5 entrepreneurs featured on The Sunday Times Rich List. In 1990 Alan was featured twice on regional television highlighting his Whitby painting named ‘Left to Cope’.
In 1995, Alan saw a feature on Princess Diana in a school for children with special needs in Japan which compelled him to paint a portrait of the Princess holding a child. The first print of a limited edition of this oil painting was sent to St. James’s Palace as a gift to the Princess. She acknowledged this thanking him with a letter, where she expressed “she found it a moving and happy memento of her recent visit to Japan”.
For the last 30 years Alan Hawkins has made a living purely from his art.