Once described as ‘London’s coolest man’, Harland Miller is a British writer and artist perhaps most well known for his giant oil canvases of Penguin book covers. Miller received both his BA and MA in art history from the Chelsea College of Art. In 2001, he began a series of paintings based on Penguin classic book dust covers. By utilizing the famous Penguin motif, he found a way to marry aspects of Pop Art, abstraction and figurative painting with his love of text. He continued with his theme, expanding the book covers to include his own phrases, some humorous and absurd, others infused with poetic melancholy. “Too Cool To Die” hangs in Hawksworth Restaurant’s Art Room featuring the ubiquitous penguin and an image of a gun-toting, trench coat clad detective.
A custom installation by BC-born Rodney Graham offers an eye-catching focal point to Hawksworth Restaurant. A well established artist Graham’s work can be found in numerous major private and public collections in North America and in Europe including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He has received many honours including being selected to represent Canada in the prestigious Venice Biennale in 1997. He also received an honourary Doctorate from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2002. Graham lives and works in Vancouver.
Vancouver artist Brian Boulton captures singular moments of everyday life in his detailed depictions of anonymous subjects. Boulton’s drawings are a collaborative yet neutral documentation that projects both the personality and history of the subject. Photography is employed for the base of his drawings, affording the luxury of time to create meticulous renderings of detail and technical mastery. Brian Boulton studied architectural rendering at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC, as well as Film and Art History at Langara College in Vancouver.
Damien Hirst is a world-renowned British artist. Hirst’s first major international presentation was in the Venice Biennale in 1993 and he is the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s. Hirst’s work can be found in several important collections worldwide, including Tate, London; MoMA, New York, and Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC. Chef Hawksworth has been a fan of his work for decades, since being introduced to it during his time working and living in London in the 90’s. Featured in the Bar at Hawksworth, Damien Hirst’s Big Love with Diamond Dust is a signed, limited edition (32/50), bold and shimmering silkscreen print. A big heart peppered with a variety of butterfly representations and real diamond dust adds to the appeal of the room bringing vibrancy, colour, elegance and beauty to the space.