artists represented

Ian Fairweather
Ian Fairweather
The iceberg
1915
ink
17 x 13.5 cm
 One of Australia’s foremost abstractionists, Scottish born Ian Fairweather’s (1891 – 1974) distinct aesthetic was influenced by his contact with Asian calligraphic traditions, abstract expressionism and his formal training at the Slade School, London. Fairweather was a POW for four years during World War I. He later studied in Europe and travelled widely through Asia before arriving in Australia in 1934. In 1952 he famously traveled from Darwin to Timor on a self constructed raft. In 1953 he finally settled on Bribie Island where he would live the remainder of his life, becoming known as the ‘hermit of Bribie Island’. Retrospectives of Fairweather’s work have been held by the Queensland Art Gallery in 1965 and 1994 and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1997. His work is by the National Gallery of Australia and most state galleries and the Tate Gallery London.

REF: McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Miegunyah Press, 2006, p 417-419