Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Help Hawk Alfredson Paint Again!-------Helping another human being become the fullest expression of who they are is a beautiful thing. Please help.


Help Hawk Alfredson Paint Again!

Film by Mika Tenhovaara.  "Eye One"  (3:15)

My name is Mia, and this May 18th I will be celebrating my seventeenth wedding anniversary to an artist of considerable integrity who not only delights me as a person, but inspires me daily with his uniquely visionary works of art.

I met Hawk in the summer of 1997. He was exhibiting his oil paintings in a solo show in Park Slope, Brooklyn, just a block from where I lived at the time. I walked into the gallery, saw his work hanging from floor to ceiling salon-style, and felt my life change forever within the thirty minutes I was there. With the very first gaze into his paintings, my heart stood still for a moment. I had never seen nor felt work of such mystical power. The paintings had a presence that filled the room with a great stimulating calm and beckoned me each time to move closer to them.

By this time, Hawk had been in NYC for already two years and was an extremely prolific painter. He still had money saved up from living in Sweden and had 19 group shows and 2 solo shows all within his first year, 1995, when he made the journey from Stockholm to NYC, filled with the hope of one day showing with the most influential galleries in the city.  In the late 90's, New Art International proclaimed Hawk to be "the darling of the New York Underground Art Scene" and Art & AntiquesMagazine praised him as "one of the most collectible of the European Surrealists". 

Four years after we met we moved into New York's landmarked Chelsea Hotel and from 2001-2010 Hawk painted almost daily.  On our first day there, the owner of the hotel, Stanley Bard, saw Hawk's work and encouraged him to exhibit his original paintings along the walls of the hotel's staircase, corridors, VIP rooms and the lobby. Over time, this encouragement evolved to become a long-term permanent exhibition of over 50 original pieces with thousands of international hotel guests viewing Hawk's work over the years.  

Photo by David Rodgers. (Hotel Chelsea, room 421)

In 2011, the Chelsea Hotel was sold to new owners, and the magical place that Hawk and I called home for nine years, had come to an end of it's own, with an uncertain future.    

In the transitioning years since moving from the Hotel Chelsea, fine-art sales have slowed considerably for us.  We no longer have a public art gallery with thousands of visitors staying just beyond our front door.  With a decrease in art sales has come substantial apartment downsizing for us every couple of years.  

The past two years in particular has been tremendously difficult for Hawk on many levels, most of which has to do with his complete lack of an art studio. The act of painting is vital to his emotional and mental health, and without an outlet for his creativity, Hawk's sense of life purpose is taken away.

For an artist like Hawk, who requires space to spread out oil paint, turpentine, 6 ft tall rolls of linen and cotton canvas, it is disheartening to see such a gifted painter's space for creating art diminish so drastically in a matter of just a few years. Hawk has spent over 40 years honing and perfecting his painting technique. In the past, he was known for his canvases of considerable detail, sometimes utilizing up to a dozen intermittent layers of glaze referencing the techniques of the European Old Masters. Today, it is not possible for him to paint in this manner. We live in a shared apartment and occupy only a single standard-sized room within it.  With over 70 oil paintings stored in the room, 25 moving boxes stacked and a futon that serves as a bed, whatever floorspace is left unused that day serves as a makeshift studio for Hawk. He paints on the wooden floor near our futon, hunched over his canvas, since there is no longer space for an easel (his easel had to be donated two years ago with our latest apartment downsize). Despite this impossible situation, he remains hopeful that somehow a solution can be found where he may once again paint with freedom.  
This is the year that I am truly hopeful we can find change in our challenging living circumstances for the better since there's no other downsizing option for us left. But in order to do this, we need your help. Hawk and I always have kept our head above water through sporadic painting sales, but this year our optimism regarding this survival method has dwindled.  We have come to a time now where we need to reach out for help.  
Photo by Ves Pitts.  (2011).

Today, with nearly 2,000 Facebook friends, Hawk continues his relationship with his art admirers and is a valued member of the artistic community there. 

If this fundraiser reaches you at the right time, would you consider either donating or sharing this post to others?  By supporting our situation in any way possible, you will make it easier for us to obtain the financial resources necessary to find a suitable live/work space that will: 

a) provide a private, quiet space so that Hawk may paint in a home environment, uninterrupted. 

b) provide ample daylight to view oil colors correctly.

c) provide enough space for clients to view artwork.

d) provide proper storage for over-sized artworks.  

Hawk yearns to paint the luminous and mysterious paintings that he once created. Together we can help this artist rise again.  

We both thank you for your support,
(we can't do this without you) !!!

Hawk Alfredson     "Icon For An Unknown Religion"   
oil on canvas     39" x 33"     1999

Hawk Alfredson   "Gypsum"   
oil on canvas    24" x 30"    2012

Hawk Alfredson     "The Dream Ambassadors"   
oil on canvas      32" x 39.5"      1999 - 2006   

Hawk Alfredson      "Manbat"    
oil on canvas panel     24" x 20"     1996

Hawk Alfredson  "Players Of Strange Meaningless Games"              
 oil on canvas      34" x 30"      1996 - 2003                                                                         

Hawk Alfredson     "Stebuklingas Drugelis"   
oil on canvas   79" x 59"   1994 - 2003

Hawk Alfredson  "Edvard Munch Imitating A Silent Tree"  
oil on canvas       30" x 24"      2006 -2008

Hawk Alfredson      "Zen Stones With Skyscape"   
oil on canvas      9" x 7"      2003 - 2008

Hawk Alfredson     "Santiago Circlings"   
oil on canvas   36" x 28"    2003

For further information about this artist's life, follow the link below:


Julie Ali
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I spent most of today mummy sitting after the appointment with Dr. Hinz. I had Sue over for supper which was a mundane business -bangers and hash with spinach and mixed vegetables. We all watched the movie about the girl genius from beginning to end. I can't remember what the name of the movie was but it made me realize that perhaps having ordinary children might be a better thing than to have gifted kids. Although I do believe younger boy is gifted no one else believes this. Older boy is bright but more interested in working than in going to university and really he's doing well.
What was this post about? I was going to write about artists. I love writers but artists are more interesting than writers because they can make the invisible visible. For writers and especially poets we are looking (well at least I am looking) for the unsayable, the mystical, the hidden meaning of things.
Artists can do this sort of magic that poets have a hard time fleshing out. In fact artists can make oddities, revelations, deities and frugal expression out of the imaginative forces within them. This sort of transformation isn't easy to do and often takes a long apprenticeship. Working at the same time as practising art is difficult to do and sometimes what this means is that most of us give up the art and do the mundane which is regular jobs and regular life.
But for those of us who do work day and night on making art, the inability to do this sort of driven compulsion destroys them. It's impossible for an artist to keep stuff inside without expressing this stuff. It's like a tree in spring holding back on buds, leaves, flowers and fruit. It's like you're becoming dead.
So in the case of Hawk Alfredson, what his wife has done to prevent this sort of deadening of his artistic force, is to make this Go Fund Me campaign that I hope you will all support. It's a worthy and brave thing to do and it will work if all of us either pitch in a few dollars or spread the campaign so that others who have money can help Hawk.
Helping another human being become the fullest expression of who they are is a beautiful thing. Please help.
Help Hawk Alfredson Paint Again!
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