Gerard Havekes: Painter, Sculpter, Ceramicist
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This is how Babette Hayes describes Gerard Havekes whom she met in 1968 and became a great friend. Havekes had already established himself in the Australian art world with some remarkable constructions. He arrived in Australia in 1950 from Indonesia and by 1953 he was exhibiting in the Blake and Archibald Prizes. He acquired many loyal friends from all parts of the world, including John Olsen who has written the foreword to this book.
Gavin Fry's text places Havekes in exciting times, both for Australian art and the broader nation, in the boom years after World War Two. The evolution of this multi-talented artist, who was accorded a Retrospective in 1981 at the prestigious Philips Centre in Eindhoven, highlights the diversity and cultural richness that European migration brought to Australia. The book covers the many phases in Havekes' work, finishing with the masterly fountain he made in 1999 for a private house, his last and probably greatest work.