Arthur Hawken - Canadian Artist

Brantford, Ontario

Born in Aintree, near Liverpool, England in 1937, Arthur’s youth was spent biking to scenic Wales and the picturesque Lake District. Inspired by art classes in school, the Merseyside panorama from Southport and Blackpool to Morecambe Bay, also provided imposing views fit for the sketch pad.

Eight years were spent between an industrial mechanic apprenticeship and National Army Service. Arriving in Canada in 1966, it wasn’t long before paints and pencils were overworked.

Working for five years on Lake Joseph in the Muskoka district transformed wrenches into palette knife and brushes. The sheer beauty of the Ontario landscape from the northern shores of Lake Superior to the farm lands of the south, continue to inspire the creative spirit. Travels to Europe and across Canada to Vancouver Island have provided fresh new material to depict on canvas from quaint villages and driftwood to sand and rocks.

A self-taught artist, Arthur successfully entered a painting in the Glenhyrst Gallery of Brant Juried Exposition. He has had expositions in Parry Sound, Toronto and Brantford.