(Scotland, Australia 29 Sep 1891 – 20 May 1974)
56.9 x 45.0 cm sheet
'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
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, The portrait and the nude: Australian drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 31
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 6 (colour illus.), 84 (illus.). cat.no. 76
Hendrik Kolenberg, Everyday life: prints drawings and watercolours from the collections of Australian and European art, Sydney, 1994. cat.no. 28
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, South Melbourne, 1981, (colour illus.).
Robert Smith, The art bulletin of Tasmania, 'A figure painting by Fairweather - some misapprehensions', pg. 43, Hobart, 1984, 43 (illus.).
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Sydney, 2000.
INK: Whiteley and Others, Sydney, 2006. List of works
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):
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