Recently, artist Travis Simpkins created a portrait illustration of Zahi Hawass, Egyptologist. Posted to Art Crime Illustrated. A renowned archaeologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass is the former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs in Egypt. He is a well known television personality and correspondent, generating a good deal of controversy over the years and remaining in the limelight… always wearing his trademark hat and denim shirt. His best known TV program was the reality show, “Chasing Mummies”, which aired on the History Channel.