The story of the Italian surf life saver in Australia

The story of the Italian surf life saver in Australia


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oil/acrylic/gold and silver leaf on canvas

Andrew Hawes is a West Australian based professional painter, working out of
studios in South Yunderup and East Perth.

Professional Highlights:
Study – Composition & Style of Modernist, Blue Rider & Bauhaus Masters, including Picasso,
Kandinsky, Miro, Klee, Leger and others at the Guggenheim Museum New York, Tate Modern and
Royal Academy of Art London. (2009/10)
Study of Iconography at the Monastery of St John of the Mountain, W.A. (2008/9)
Stained Glass design with Colin Montford, Mt Lawley W.A. (1984).
Perth Concert Hall-Solo Exhibition 2009/10
Purchasers of note: City of Stirling, Joe and Lisa Scaffidi Perth, Michael Riley USA.
Other Education
1980 to 1984. Metalwork/Welding, Woodwork and Pottery.TAFE, WA (Night School).
1979 Bachelor of Business (Business Mathematics), Churchlands College of Advanced Education.
Professional Experience:
2003 Onwards Professional Artist/Painter
1982 to 2002. Created wide variety of art pieces in spare time. Paintings completed during this
period included figurative, still life, landscape and abstract in a variety of mediums. Also designed
and made many lead light windows.
1984 to 2002. General Manager, Marketing/Advertising Industry, FMCG.
Consulted on development of many brands including: Schaparelli, Razzamatazz, Kayser, Kikkoman,
Decore, Wella, Le Tan, Aeroplane Jelly, Rid, Nerada.

Selected Exhibitions:
2009 to 20917 Ongoing display, Private Gallery Palladio, Henry Lawson Walk East Perth.
2016 Ferguson Foundry Gallery Maylands.
2011 Nov, Wilkinson Gallery Claremont, Joint exhibition Showcasing New 2011 Works By Andrew
Hawes, Michael Summers, Nick Economo and Henry McLaughlin.
2009/10 Dec & Jan, The Perth Concert Hall, Solo Show, Andrew Hawes, Presented by Ainslie Gatt,
Art Consultancy.

2009 Joint exhibition Andrew Hawes with Nick Economo, Hay Shed Hill Margaret River.
2010/11/12/13/14/15 Perth Royal Art Show
2009 Town of Vincent Group exhibition.
2009 City of Stirling Group exhibition.
2009 Mandjar Art Award, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
2008 Cossack Art Award, Roebourne Shire WA
Andrew’s paintings are retailed via selected annual exhibitions and on an ongoing basis by several
galleries/retailers including Finishing Touch Fremantle, Studio 281 Maylands and 2W Outdoor
Furniture Booragoon. His East Perth Studio is open by appointment for commissions. Andrew’s work
is held in both public and private collections in Australia and overseas. Recent Purchasers of note
have included The City of Stirling , Mr Joe and Mrs Lisa Scaffidi (The Lord Mayor of Perth),
Michael and Eileen Riley U.S.A.
Creative Structure:
The direction of Andrew’s work is strongly influenced by aspects dominant in Orthodox Byzantine
Iconography. “I am particularly interested in the juxtaposition of Byzantine technique and style
developed in Iconography, alongside classical modernist themes seen in the abstract work of Joan
Miro, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and others, popularized in the nineteen twenties. Though many
centuries separate these two distinctly different styles, there are complimentary similarities on close
inspection and study of the fine detail.”
Andrew has also travelled extensively overseas, for both professional development and personal
enjoyment, including; U.S.A., New Zealand, India, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia,
Thailand, Indonesia and many European Countries. “This travel experience has I believe saturated
my senses with a broad cross section of diverse and fascinating images. Traditional art and
architectural detail continues to impact on my own style. In many of my paintings I attempt to
reinterpret abstracts of images that I have enjoyed or found attractive, even if it relates to just a
minute piece of a certain shade of blue. My philosophy is to be satisfied with and enjoy each
individual painting that I create, resulting in works of art that hopefully, other people will continue to
Andrew’s distinctive style has developed as a result of pursuing compositions, which lie on the cusp
of reality and abstract. “My goal is to create bold and entertaining paintings, which are pleasing to
the eye, uplifting and whimsical by their nature, with carefully balanced colour and image stimulating
the interest and curiosity of the viewer”.


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