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Judd Hawk is a visual artist and musician. Thematically, his works primarily focus on his life-long struggle with migraines and the effects of living in severe chronic pain. His art explores the chaotic and disruptive nature of this condition and conveys the dark and isolating world someone in chronic pain inhabits. This world is shown as a stark and somber reality, with muted colors and tormented figures emerging from a hellish blackened patina. These figurative paintings contain varied materials including oils, acrylics, compressed charcoal, oil pastels, earth, wax, wire, and thread.
Judd was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and later relocated to
Florida, receiving his B.F.A. in Painting with a minor in Photography from the University of Florida. After graduation he spent several years working in the museum exhibit industry, fabricating natural history and fossil dioramas, as well as immersive historical environments. During this time he received extensive training in sculpting, fabrication, mold making, and casting. Many of these skills are combined throughout his work, using any means necessary to achieve the final outcome. He relocated to the bay area in 1999 and now resides in Oakland, CA.