Joel is Aboriginal. His people are the Barundji/Barkindji from the Riverine Region of the lower Darling River in New South Wales.
Joel’s aunty, Sos Hawkins, created the artwork above for the 2018 Ride for Joel Jersey.
The artwork illustrates the journey that Chris Savage set out on in March 2018 to honour Joel Hawkins and to launch The White Bike Foundation. The circles represent each significant town or city Chris rode through (Dromana-Merton-Bendigo-Monaro Hwy-Canberra), paying his respects to Joel, Scotty Peoples, Jason Lowndes and Mike Hall along the way. The lines joining each circle are the travel lines. The background of the artwork represents the paddocks, fields and the rolling hills that he passed through.
Sos Hawkins was born in 1963 in Urana, New South Wales. She is the ninth child of Elsie Black and Ted Hawkins. Sos lives in Jerilderie, New South Wales.
Sos has always been interested in art. As a young child she watched her mother paint emu eggs and wooden artefacts. She started to paint on canvas in her early twenties and also dabbled in emu eggs and wooden artefacts. Sos had her own business designing and making ceramics and art for seven years. She was also published in ceramic and pottery magazines for her Aboriginal designs. Sos likes to use colour and has collaborated with her mother in large ochre paintings which have sold around the world.