Combining a map of the West Coast with a vintage oar, Justine Hawksworth has created an artwork that pays tribute to the wild west coast of the North Island.
Created specifically for Quirky Fox, Justine rarely does oars featuring a map of Taranaki due to the unique shape of the coastline, however, this vintage map allowed the inclusion of the upper West Coast as well. The map is complemented by nautical elements including an anchor, snapper and a gannet.
The back of the oar is signed, named and dated by the artist and features a small hook to allow the oar to hang as soon as it arrives home.
Dimensions: 1.78m high, the blade is approx. 120mm wide spreading out, handle approx 50mm wide.
Medium: Acrylic, ink and graphite
Dividing her time between family, painting and designing, Justine Hawksworth’s work is largely inspired by the kiwi bach, the beach and the sea; native birds, historic documents, copper and lace combine in contemporary designs.
Raised in Tauranga, Justine graduated from both the Elam School of Fine Art with a Bachelors Degree and Auckland College of Education before teaching Art & Design. Finding the balance of teaching and creating her own works a challenge (on top of raising a family) Justine eventually turned her spare room into her personal studio - although her work sometimes stretches across the kitchen table and into the lounge when multiple works are on the go.
Working from her Mount Eden home, Justine works predominately in acrylic and pencil on recycled marine charts and maps, aiming to evoke thoughts of holidays and places visited, treasures collected and memories made. Recently Justine has added copper elements to her works either as finishing touches to vintage oars or as a canvas in its own right.
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