Fiona Hawthorne is a Northern Irish artist who lives and works
a freelance illustrator she serves a broad spectrum of both
national and international clients.
Known for her
witty and delicate line-and-wash style, Hawthorne is often
commissioned to draw live in situations that range from
film shoots and jazz
festivals to the Henley Regatta and the tearoom of Harrods.
a year as the first artist-in-residence to London's Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, capturing the epic
adventure of a world-famous company on the move. This work,
which took viewers from from the grandeur of performance
to the most intimate
moments of a hectic life, culminated in a
solo exhibition at London's Royal Festival Hall.
mainly on computer, Fiona is also part of the Digital
Creators, a group of artists who perform live at
around the world. As these artists paint on computer,
their works are projected in real time on sixty-foot screens.
digital projects are often reproduced at equally large sizes.
They include a series of busy street-life murals for an
in the new Hong Kong Telecom headquarters;
a huge portrait of a concert orchestra for the side
of an articulated
lorry; and the corporate art for HSA's new head
office in Andover, England.
2003 exhibition at London's Royal Brompton Hospital was opened
by the world-renowned heart specialist Sir
It featured a unique series of sketches drawn on site
around Kensington Palace during the days of spontaneous grief
that followed the death
of Diana, Princess of Wales. This unique exhibit raised
several thousand pounds for the Chain Of
work has been profiled in Jeremy Sutton's Painter Creative Techniques (Hayden/MacMillan) as well as in Thames
and Hudson's best-selling art book Design
After Dark. The artist was also commissioned to illustrate
Thames and Hudson's 2003
Jennifer D'Abo At Home.
In the latter, Hawthorne's stylish and
economic drawings capture
the world of entertaining. Her innovative work introducing
children to digital art has also been featured in
Britain's Guardian newspaper.
is married to film and television actor Colin Salmon and
they have four young children.