Hiten Bawa’s Lockdown Illustrations

WORDS Michaela Stehr IMAGES courtesy of Hiten Bawa


Joburg-based artist, illustrator and architect Hiten Bawa created a series of intricate mixed-media artworks during lockdown.

The series was released during the initial 21 days of lockdown in South Africa, as part of a larger community art project, inspired by The Project Space.

For each artwork created, Hiten began by drawing on toilet paper before creating a larger artwork surrounding the individual sheet.

As a profoundly deaf person with bilateral cochlear implants, Hiten uses his work to express his perspectives on identity and disabilities. The artworks retail at R2 400 each, and for each work sold, a third of the proceeds is donated to a charity of the buyer’s choice, with proof of a donation sent to the buyer. So far, charities that have received donations are Gift of the Givers, Give the gift of hearing, SA Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and Johannesburg Wildlife Vet.

See more of Hiten’s work at hitenbawa.co.za or follow him on Instagram.