The Drawings of Ian Fairweather


Scottish-born Ian Fairweather (1891-1974), described in this book as a ‘nomad’ and ‘itinerant’, an ‘escapist utopian recluse’, is one of Australia’s great twentieth-century painters. The drawings reproduced here, largely from the period 1941 55, are the fruit of his many travels through Asia, the subcontinent and Australia. Rendered in ink and watercolour, pencil and gouache, and PVA laden with powder pigments, the works are transparent, intense and instinctive. Lucid and open yet often meticulously reworked, they evoke the people and landscapes of China, Bali, India and Australia, in Fairweather’s striking personal hybrid style fused from Chinese calligraphy and the pictorial traditions of Europe.

Publisher: National Gallery of Australia

Date Published: 1997

Book Condition: Very good soft cover showing creasing along the spine edge from being read, general cover wear and edge wear, otherwise a clean, tight and unmarked copy internally.

ISBN: 0642130698

ISBN: 0642130698

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