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William Hawkins
Food Bar
1980
enamel housepaint on plywood
48 1/4 x 77 x 1 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.



William Hawkins had made paintings and drawings as early as the 1930s, but not until the mid-1970s did he devote significant time to his art. Food Bar, which depicts a favorite hangout in his Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood, is one of many scenes showing contemporary landmarks in the city where he lived for more than seventy years.