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I am now retired & class myself as a “hobby” artist.
I specialise in mixed-media collage & assemblage.
I have had several successful exhibitions to date, in Tasmania & Melbourne.

I was trained at the National Art School, in Sydney, Australia, where I also studied Interior & Industrial Design & Art.
My training & subsequent experience, has encompassed many aspects of art & design. I worked in retail as a visual merchandiser & stylist for 35 years, specialising in all aspects of fashion & Interior Decorating.

Stints in the Display departments of several large stores in Sydney followed, plus a period in the UK with the iconic department store, the “Liberty of London.”

For many years I designed sets, props and costumes for local amateur & pro/am theatre groups & the Laycock Street Theatre in New South Wales, Australia.
I have also performed in many musical productions produced by the Gosford Musical Society NSW, of which I am a Life Member.

For a time I was also Entertainment Manager at “Old Sydney Town” – an historical theme park, representing the city of Sydney’s first settlement (Port Jackson) in 1788. There I wrote scripts & performed in re-enactments of court cases & other colonial activities for the Street Theatre 7 The Music Hall theatre restaurant.
Moving to Tasmania, I retired & became an “emerging artist” at 65 years of age, & began working in Collage & mixed-media.

My art works are mainly small, richly embellished, highly theatrical (funny that!) and self indulgent.

I try to use as much recycled & discarded stuff as possible, in each collage work. I also search for & use found objects & images.

For many years now, I’ve described my works as “Iconesque” in style. I know there is no such word, but it suits my highly embellished works perfectly!

All my works are original. No two are ever exactly the same.
I also write poetry & stories for children & I have won several awards & prizes for these.

Recently I found some vintage photos of past family relatives & have posted them here, just for interests sake. Thanks to those of you who have said how much you enjoy seeing them.

I am looking forward to meeting more creative individuals as well as those who appreciate all aspects of the Arts.

Cheers from Melbourne,
IAN A.Hawkins

  • Joined: November 2010
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