Late Works 1953-74. This period saw Fairweather achieve the summation of his life's endeavour as a painter, and the works from these years brought the artist enduring fame. The exhibition features works from private collections very rarely seen by the public as well as a selection of recent gifts donated through the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts.
This exhibition focuses on the late works of Ian Fairweather (1891–1974), when he lived and worked on Bribie Island in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay between 1953 and his death. This period saw Fairweather achieve the summation of his life’s endeavour as a painter, and the works from these years brought the artist enduring fame.
Fairweather transformed his surroundings and memories into complexly layered paintings, remarkable in colour, light and vision. Many works from private collections very rarely seen by the public will be featured in the exhibition, as well as a selection of recent gifts donated through the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts, representing Win Schubert’s steadfast and extraordinary generosity to the Gallery. Fairweather's leap into a series of abstract works around 1959–60 is also represented, as are images of his life on the island.
An accompanying publication will be available from the QAGOMA Store and online at australianartbooks.com.au
11.00am daily from 5 November
Meet your volunteer guide at the QAG Melbourne Street information desk. Volunteer guides share their knowledge and passion for art during tours of exhibitions and Collection displays. Tours are free and are around 30–40 minutes in duration.
Tour for visitors with a hearing impairment
Friday 23 November, 10.00am
To book, please contact the Education Bookings Office
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Assistive listening devices (FM system) are available for visitors with a hearing impairment. Bookings are essential and at least two business days’ notice is required (subject to availability).
Auslan-Interpreted tour for visitors who are Deaf
Sunday 25 November, 3.00pm
An interpreter from Deaf Services Queensland accompanies the volunteer guide on these free tours. No bookings are required.
Programs and events
My Gen 50+ Conversations with Curators
2.30pm Wednesday 7 November | Lecture Theatre, QAG
Angela Goddard, Curator, Australian Art to 1975, shares insights into the late works of Ian Fairweather. My Gen 50+, the Gallery’s program for visitors aged over 50, provides events for people interested in gaining knowledge through cultural and leisure activities. Free, no bookings required.
2.30pm Saturday 10 November | Lecture Theatre, QAG
Join Angela Goddard, Curator, Australian Art to 1975, in conversation with distinguished Australian painter Lawrence Daws as he shares insights into his friendship with Ian Fairweather during the early 1970s. Free, no bookings required.
Image: Ian Fairweather | Scotland/Australia 1891-1974 | Kite flying 1958 | Synthetic polymer paint and gouache on cardboard laid down on composition board | 129.4 x 194cm | Purchased 1985 with the assistance of funds raised through a special Queensland Art Gallery Foundation appeal and with a contribution from the Queensland Art Gallery Society | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Ian Fairweather, 1958/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney 2011
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