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An image of Triple portrait by Ian Fairweather

Ian Fairweather

(Scotland, Australia 29 Sep 1891 – 20 May 1974)

Title
Triple portrait
Other titles:
(Elephant)
Year
(circa 1970-circa 1971)
Media category
Painting
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on paperboard on hardboard
Dimensions

106.1 x 75.2 cm board; 122.6 x 91.5 x 6.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1975
Accession number
63.1975
Copyright
© Ian Fairweather/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

"Well, my real working used to be to carry around a small sketchbook and make studies from various things I saw, but in time I got interested only in a few subjects and I didn't want to go around looking for any more subjects. The problem was to do the one subject, and so it practically boiled down to that. By one subject I mean ... people."
- Ian Fairweather 1965

As Ian Fairweather's work developed it grew more summary and monumental, giving way to symbolic abstraction. Style and subject became unified, his final works increasingly painterly and meditative, with a profound influence on younger abstract artists in Sydney in particular.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Bibliography (9)

Murray Bail, Mary Eagle, Drusilla Modjeska, Martin Armiger, Joanna Capon and Pierre Ryckmans, Fairweather, Australia, 1994, 136 (colour illus.), 143. plate no. 64

Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, Sydney, 1981, 213, 216, 217 (colour illus.), 248. plate no. 112; cat.no. 204

Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'Last paintings', pg. 220-235, Sydney, 2009, 225, 235 (colour illus.), 260. plate no. 202; cat.no. 231; titled '(Elephant)'

Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 40 (illus.). cat.no. 43

John McDonald, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'Ian Fairweather', pg. 28-39, Roseville, 2000, 39 (colour illus.).

Leon Paroissien (Editor), Australian Art Review, 'Ian Fairweather', p140-143, Rozelle, 1982, 141 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Southern reflections: 10 contemporary Australian artists, 'An Introduction to Australian Art', pg. 34-42, Sydney, 1998, 39 (colour illus.). figure no. 10

Barry Pearce., Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, 'Preface', Sydney, 1991, (colour illus.). not paginated; no catalogue numbers

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Breaking the territorial mould: some thoughts from a new head curator', pg. 30-31, Newtown, Sep 2011, 31 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (4)

Two centuries of Australian painting, a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Orange Regional Gallery, Australia, 19 Apr 1986–15 Jun 1986

Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Mar 1992–12 Apr 1992

Fairweather (1994):

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000