Artist Bio: Ian A. Hawkins

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Artist Bio - Ian A. Hawkins

 Ian A. Hawkins - Hobby Artist: Mixed Media Collage and Assemblage

Ian A. Hawkins was trained at the National Art School East Sydney, NSW.

As well as the fundamentals of 'Art', he studied Interior and Industial Design, Stage and Costume Design and Art History.

For many years he designed sets and costumes for many productions of Musical Theatre and Drama for Pro/Am - as well as Professional productions with Community Theatre groups in NSW.

He began creating distinctly unique shadow boxes and assemblages and now specialises in MIXED/MULTI MEDIA COLLAGE & ASSEMBLAGE:Richly embellished and inspired by Byzantine, Renaissance, Medieval and Tudor Courts, Orthodox imagery; reliquaries, altar pieces, icons and stained glass. As a retired Visual Merchandiser and Fashion Stylist, both in Sydney and in London, he garnered much experience in the Arts and of the presentation of high fashion and gallery art shows, exhibitions, window displays and cat-walk parades.

He works with such diverse materials as china & glass fragments, ephemera, recyled printed images, discarded and found objects; jewellry, buttons, gold and silver leaf, shells and carapaces: Recyled junk and flotsam and jetsam also have a place in his studio, much to the chagrin of his ever patient wife!

Inspired by past epochs and eras, his works always have a contemporary flair - and a very obvious - theatrical twist.

He has had four exhibitions to date in Hobart's Salamanca Arts Centre and has taken part in art shows here in Melbourne; He is a member of the Box Hill Art Group.

My Influences

My Influences: Art from the Gothic to the Renaissance.

Also: Fashion, Art Nouveau, Art Deco,

As a Collagist my my influences are many and varied: history looms importantly with my passion for lush, golden imagery from my focus on the spectacle of the European Renaissance and the pull of bling, colour and pomp of Britain and the Crown's outragous decadence. What a foundation for a Collagist with a love of embellisment and a theatre tragic as well!

My Favourites

Fra Angelico

Benozzo Gozzoli

Joseph Cornell




Iconography (Eastern European)

The Pre-Raphaelites

Italian and Florentine Masters: Duccio, Giotto, Lippi, Gozzolli & Masaccio.

Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Tudor/Elizabethan: Hans Holbein, Nicholas Hilliard, Elizabeth I - Her OTT clothes and 'Bling.'

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