The Hawkesbury Art Collection

The Hawkesbury Art Collection comprises approximately 300 works of art, the majority acquired through the Macquarie Towns Acquisitive Art Exhibition, which was conducted circa 1975 – 1994.

The collection contains many works by regional artists, including Greg Hansell, Judy Brownlie, Kathleen Evans, Warwick Fuller, Terry Hayes, Gloria Galvin, Marica Rea, William Wells, Leanne Tobin, Edna Mariong Watson and Bert Moriarty.

There are also a number works by Modernist and Postmodernist artists Bim Hilder, Maurice McDonald, Suzanne Archer, David Fairbairn, John Firth-Smith, Barry Gazzard, Peter Laverty, Ursula Laverty Peter Pinson, Tony Tozer and David Voight.

Most of the works are 2-dimensional, comprising: -

  • Paintings - oil, mixed media, watercolour, synthetic polymer
  • Works on paper - drawing, pencil, charcoal, pastel, mixed media, etching, lithography, wood engraving and silkscreen prints.

There is also a small number of 3-dimensional works including sculpture in cast bronze, aluminium, and fibre art.

In 1999 Mr A E Cleary, formerly of Pitt Town, gifted to the people of Hawkesbury approximately 80 paintings and prints including works by Donald Friend, Lloyd Rees, Arthur Boyd, Clifton Pugh, Norman Lindsay and Lance Solomon.

Another generous patron and benefactor is the distinguished artist, Salvatore Zofrea OAM, who has donated a number of portraits including The mechanic (Abraham Jevaherjian) and the monumental painting, Psalm 61 (verse 2): for my father, 2006, which was inspired by the Hawkesbury River and natural bushland around Wisemans Ferry.

The painting is from the artist's The Psalms of Life series, and is an homage to his late father, Giuseppe Zofrea. A post-war migrant from Borgia Italy, Giuseppe spent his first years in Australia isolated from his family, who stayed in Italy while he struggled to establish a new life for them in Australia.

'This is a very important acquisition and we are very pleased to have it on permanent display in the light-filled atrium of the Central Library at Windsor,' said Hawkesbury mayor, Clr Kim Ford. 'Salvatore Zofrea is a very successful artist, and we are very proud of his association with the Hawkesbury. I hope as many residents as possible will go the Library to see this magnificent work.'

The Psalms of Life series

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