Ian Fairweather

Scotland/Australia (1891-1974) "Monastery" described by critics as a masterpiece, James Gleeson: "He has fashioned an extraordinarily fascinating hybrid from the pictorial traditions of Europe and the calligraphy of China...." one of the few European painters to have assimilated the exotic and primitive islands of the Pacific and the art of the Australian Aborigines. His style: "a paragon of sophisticated clumsiness". He often used the cheapest materials
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Ian Fairweather 'Monastery'  1961

Ian Fairweather 'Monastery' 1961 Purchased 1976 By the time that Ian Fairweather undertook his painting Monastery, he was recognised as a considerable artist.

The materials of Ian Fairweather: 1953 — 1974 The image of the artist working in his Bribie Island hut was taken late in Ian Fairweather’s career. Due to ill health he had virtually stopped painting by 1972.

The materials of Ian Fairweather: 1953 — 1974 The image of the artist working in his Bribie Island hut was taken late in Ian Fairweather’s career. Due to ill health he had virtually stopped painting by

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Birdcage, 1955 Gouache on card, x 38 cm

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This used to hang above the desk where Patrick White worked. It apparently was influential in his development of Riders in the Chariot. White gifted it to NSW Art Gallery - which later sold it.

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