Welcome to the beautifully evocative and wonderfully atmospheric railway paintings of Philip D Hawkins. The most accomplished and sought after artist to specialise in this genre. Linger awhile to enjoy a glimpse into Philip's art and a fascinating insight into how the work evolves from an idea into a fully realised work of art - be it steam trains, modern traction or railway stations and buildings.
Considered for many years to be the UK's foremost railway artist Philip D. Hawkins was born and brought up in the West Midlands where, after leaving Lordswood Boys' Technical School, he attended Birmingham College of Art and Design graduating as a Technical Illustrator. As such he worked in the railway industry at Metro-Cammell Ltd at their Washwood Heath, Birmingham headquarters. This was a time when the company were still involved in locomotive and rolling stock design and construction. During this period Philip was occupied with creating artists impressions of company products to display to clients before actual construction, working from blueprints prepared in the companies extensive drawing office. Running parallel with this 'proper job' he also found time to paint and indulge his passion for photography. The latter interest led to a job offer from a local newspaper to join their ranks as a press photographer which was accepted and led to a two year spell covering anything from fashion and sport to Father Christmas arriving at Solihull in a helicopter.
The majority of the artists' work is commissioned by commercial concerns and private individuals.
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New paintings are constantly being added here in order to reward the returning visitor.
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