Andrew Hewkin Artist

Jan Leeming

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Shoreham Airshow 2007
Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 19th November 2010


I met Andrew over 20 years ago – a very interesting artist and a lovely man.

I always wondered why Andrew chose to go away for a few months each year to a different location in the world. Whilst away he would sketch, take photos etc. and then return to the UK around May and work like mad to stage an exhibition in October/November each year. Having bought his Vietnam sketchbook in 1991 and just re-read the Biography page, I now know where he got his Wanderlust – in 1973 he won the John Minton travelling scholarship and he hasn’t stopped travelling ever since.

Andrew was rather unwell earlier this year and was advised not to undertake his usual globe trotting, so he stayed put and turned his attention to home.

I always receive an invite to the Exhibition but have got a trifle lazy when it means travelling into London and coming back late-ish at night – don’t like it. So I didn’t go to the Opening on Tuesday which is sad because there were several people there who I’d liked to have re – met – like Kim Thompson who starred in ‘Stealing Heaven’ (a film produced by Susan George and Simon MacCorkindale and about which I made a documentary) and Robert Powell and his lovely wife Babs – we only ever meet at occasions like Andrew’s Exhibitions but it’s still great to see them.

However the upside for me was having lunch with Andrew and having the Gallery all to ourselves – well almost. And who was the only other visitor but a delightful French woman who was also an Artist. I simply don’t know how we got onto Rene Mouchotte but we did and she offered to help me with my research. Isn’t life strange. Her name isn’t particularly French - Arielle Klobusiczky but she certainly had that lovely accent that makes my knees go weak – J’adore l’accent Francais.

Andrew’s Work is always a delight –not only is he a superb craftsman but he has a wicked and wonderful sense of humour. His watercolour sketches always have the most humourous titles.

Another odd coincidence happened yesterday. I don’t live in London and only go in when I have to – it was different when I lived in Buckinghamshire and the trip into London was three quarters of an hour as opposed to my current two and a half. I haven’t walked through the Burlington Arcade since November 1990. And how can I be so precise? I was invited to the newly opened boutique - St. Petersburg Collection at which I met the owner Theo Faberge (who only discovered his heritage and the fact that he was a Faberge when he was middle aged – look him up on the Internet – fascinating reading).
It’s only a small shop but there were some stunning pieces on display. I fell in love with The Winter Egg and excused my desire to purchase this unnecessary indulgence by telling myself it would go towards the pension fund!! My then husband roundly scolded me for spending the money.

As I was walking through the Arcade which is absolutely fabulous – I saw the little shop was still there and on impulse went in and asked about the selling of Theo Faberge’s work. They don’t handle it but there is a secondary market so my instincts may not have been incorrect in purchasing the egg towards my pension fund – just got to find a buyer.

I simply couldn’t believe the richness of the Burlington Arcade. For a start it is architecturally beautiful and practically all the shops are selling jewellery or antiques – the place simply sparkles in every direction. And I couldn’t believe my eyes – there is a wide red carpet running the length of the Arcade. Heaven knows what the rent and rates come to – I shudder to think. It really is a place for the affluent but it was fun walking through it – a veritable feast for the eyes.

Andrew’s exhibition ended today but you can see his work on his website

Till the next time. Jan

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