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Title

Anak Bayan

(1957)


Artist

Ian Fairweather

Scotland, Australia

29 Sep 1891 - 20 May 1974


About

Painted while Ian Fairweather was living on Bribie Island, Queensland, Anak Bayan recalls the artist’s time in Manila, where he lived for a period during the 1930s. The painting has been viewed as a celebration of birth ('anak bayan' means 'son of the country' in the Tagalog language), yet public birth celebrations are not customary in the Philippines.

The well-known street, Anak Bayan, in the Bukid district was most probably the artist's inspiration for painting. According to Fairweather scholar Murray Bail, Anak Bayan is the artist's 'summation of the crowded everyday in Manila' and 'a streetscape of the mind', encapsulating Fairweather's memories of the Filipino people.


Details


Other Title

Anak Bayan - Triptych


Date

(1957)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

gouache on cardboard on hardboard


Dimensions

96.8 x 227.3 cm board; 109.0 x 241.3 x 9.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.r., red gouache "Anak BAYAN IF ["IF" monogram]". Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Lucy Swanton 1982


Accession number

184.1982


Artist information

Ian Fairweather

Works in the collection

25


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 17 publications

Bibliography


Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, Sydney, 1981, 134, 138-139 (colour illus.), 140, 242. plate no. 68; cat.no. 136

Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'Anak Bayan', pg. 141-157, Sydney, 2009, 141, 142, 144-145 (colour illus.), 254. plate no. 125; cat.no. 140

Candice Bruce, Brought to Light: Australian Art 1850–1965 from the Queensland Art Gallery collection, '"A Grand Display of Linear Ecstasies". Ian Fairweather Kite Flying', pg. 270-275, Brisbane, 1998, 270.

Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Australian 20th Century Art', pg. 71-89, Sydney, 1984, 73 (colour illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Mosaic and figure', pg. 213-214, Sydney, 2000, 228, 229 (colour illus., detail), 230 (colour illus.).

Julie Ewington, Look, 'Ian Fairweather by Murray Bail: Reflections of the artist and writer', pg.10-13, Sydney, Jun 2009, 10-11 (colour illus.). book review

Ewen McDonald, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 68 (colour illus.).

Drusilla Modjeska, Fairweather, 'Painting mother', pg. 44-53, Australia, 1994, 45-46, 48, 50-51, 53, 102 (colour illus.), 142. plate no. 30

Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 32.

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Fairweather's last supper - its journey into our collection', pg. 12-13, Sydney, Jun 2011, 12.

Ursula Prunster, Aspects of Australian art, Sydney, 2000, (illus.). card no. 11: John Olsen 'Spanish encounter' 1960

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Members events', pg. 47-49, Sydney, Nov 2008, 49 (colour illus.).

Tony Twigg, Asian art news, 'The wandering artist', pg. 52-57, Hong Kong, Jan 2009-Feb 2009, 52-53 (colour illus.), 56, 57 (colour illus., detail).

Tony Twigg, Art Monthly Australia, 'Landfall: Ian Fairweather's landing at Oesosole, Roti', pg. 64-65, Canberra, Oct 2011, 64 (colour illus.), 65.

Donald Williams, Looking At Australia, Australia, 1997, 11, 23, 37, 111.

East of the Sun, Sydney, 1997. List of works

Project 41 - the mosaic, the grid, Sydney, 1983, 2. cat.no. 8