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Seated figure



Ian Fairweather

Scotland, Australia

29 Sep 1891 - 20 May 1974


'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


Place where the work was made

Cairns Queensland Australia



Media categories

Painting , Drawing

Materials used

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].


Purchased 1949


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Ian Fairweather

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 9 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 13 publications


Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'Drawings, mostly', pg. 84-93, Sydney, 2009, 86 (colour illus.), 250. plate no. 61; 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. 28

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 6 (colour illus.), 84 (illus.). 76

Hendrik Kolenberg, The portrait and the nude: Australian drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1990. 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. 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.).

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Sydney, 2000.

INK: Whiteley and Others, Sydney, 2006. List of works