'Seated figure' was made while Fairweather was living in northern Australia, during the second of three principal phases of drawing in his career when his work made major shifts in content and style. Chinese calligraphy encouraged Fairweather to experiment with different ways of making marks; although he did not use calligraphy in a strictly traditional sense, it influenced his art profoundly, particularly his drawing. For Fairweather, drawings were catalysts in the development of his painting, part of a continuing cycle of development and progress.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
pencil, gouache on cardboard
56.9 x 45.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., gouache 'I F' [in Chinese characters]. Dated u.l., gouache '1948' [in Chinese characters].
Not on display
© Ian Fairweather/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Where the work was made
Shown in 9 exhibitions
Christmas exhibition (1948), Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 01 Dec 1948–24 Dec 1948
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1949, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Dec 1949–17 Feb 1950
Fairweather: a retrospective exhibition (1965-1966):
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 03 Jun 1965–04 Jul 1965
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 21 Jul 1965–22 Aug 1965
- National Gallery of Victoria [Swanston Street], Melbourne 09 Sep 1965–10 Oct 1965
- National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 26 Oct 1965–21 Nov 1965
- Western Australian Art Gallery, Perth 09 Dec 1965–16 Jan 1966
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 10 Feb 1966–13 Mar 1966
The portrait and the nude: Australian drawings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Aug 1990–28 Oct 1990
Everyday Life, prints, drawings and watercolours from the collections of Australian and European Art:
Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Ink: Whiteley and others (2006), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 29 Apr 2006–20 Aug 2006
An expanded vision: Mary Turner collection, Orange Regional Gallery, Australia, 27 Aug 2011–30 Oct 2011
Referenced in 13 publications
Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'Drawings, mostly', pg. 84-93, Sydney, 2009, 86 (colour illus.), 250. plate no. 61; cat.no. 69
Our Art Critic, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Exhibition reveals vitality in art', pg. 2, Sydney, 16 Nov 1956, 2.
James Gleeson., Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Ian Fairweather', Sydney, Jul 1965, cover (illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, Everyday life: prints drawings and watercolours from the collections of Australian and European art, Sydney, 1994. cat.no. 28
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 6 (colour illus.), 84 (illus.). cat.no. 76
Hendrik Kolenberg, The portrait and the nude: Australian drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 31
Ann Proudfoot, An expanded view: the Mary Turner Collection at Orange Regional Gallery, 'An expanded view', pg. 5-23, Orange, 2011, 19, 21 (colour illus.), 118.
Queensland Art Gallery (Curator), Fairweather: a retrospective exhibition, South Brisbane, Jun 1965. cat.no. 20; not paginated
Alan Sisley, Central Western Daily, 'An expanded view something to see', n.pag., Orange, 2011, n.pag.. Article relates to the exhibition 'An expanded vision: Mary Turner collection' held at Orange Regional Gallery in 2011.
Alison Small, Art and Artists of Australia, Melbourne, 1981, (colour illus.).
Robert Smith, The art bulletin of Tasmania, 'A figure painting by Fairweather - some misapprehensions', pg. 43, Hobart, 1984, 43 (illus.).
INK: Whiteley and Others, Sydney, 2006. List of works
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Sydney, 2000.