'Abstraction' success follows the right move

THE tight-knit artists' community at Wedderburn has yet another reason to smile — with one of their own, David Hawkes, winning this year's Macarthur section at the Fisher's Ghost Art Award.

Another Wedderburn marvel: David Hawkes with his Jinga artwork which took out this year's Macarthur Award at the Fisher's Ghost Art Award. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Another Wedderburn marvel: David Hawkes with his Jinga artwork which took out this year's Macarthur Award at the Fisher's Ghost Art Award. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Sydney's Justene Williams took out the coveted $20,000 Open Award at the annual festival awards with her Your Boat My Scenic Personality of Space work.

"This year we had over 650 entries with over 50 per cent of the 330 selected artworks coming from artists in the Macarthur region," arts centre director Michael Dagostino said.

"The high calibre of work and extensive variety seen in this award is second to none and presented this year's judges with a tough decision.

"I encourage people to come and check out the exhibition which will be on display at Campbelltown Arts Centre until December 16."

Hawkes moved to Wedderburn in 1991 after deciding to move away from the city.

"I knew all about Wedderburn and knew a few of the artists out here and when I decided to move out of Sydney, I decided to join them," he said. "It's a fantastic environment and the history of the place with the arts community is very special."

Hawkes said it was nice to recognised with the Macarthur Award, as creating artworks could sometimes be a lonely life.

He describes his work as "abstraction from obscured landscape".

Works will be on display until December 16.

Art prize winners:

Open Award: Justene Williams; Contemporary: Tina Havelock Stevens; Printmaking & Drawing: Terrence Combos; Photography: Kathy Drew; Sculpture: Julie Donnelly; Traditional: Peta Dzubiel; MacAbility: Derek London; Primary: Ella Benson, Sanea Gamildien, Jessica Fordham; Secondary: Keely Jones, Sarah Donovan, Rachel David, Melanie Konan; Aboriginal: Elwyn Toby; James Gleeson Surrealism Award: Louise Chircop; Macarthur Award: David Hawkes; Emerging Artist Award: Brandon Carlos Jaen.

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