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James Fardoulys : A Queensland Naive Artist

James Fardoulys The start of Burke and Wills 1860

James Fardoulys | Australia 1900-1975 | The start of Burke and Wills 1860 1972 | Oil on board | 77 x 93cm; 88 x 101.5cm (framed) | Gift of Barbara Blackman through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 1998 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

27 March – 20 June 2010
Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists' Gallery (Gallery 14), QAG

James Fardoulys (1900–75) was born in Kythera in Greece and came to Australia in 1914. In his youth he worked in various cafes in south-western Queensland, married a ventriloquist and conducted his own troupe of performers in the country. When the Olympia Café at Goondiwindi was destroyed by fire in 1931 he and his family came to Brisbane where he worked as a taxi driver for the next 29 years.

After his retirement, Fardoulys began to paint seriously and by the time of his death had a substantial output of paintings. Naïve art became generally appreciated throughout Australia from the early 1960s and James Fardoulys's work was enthusiastically promoted by local art critic Dr Gertrude Langer and artist Roy Churcher. During his short burst of activity, Fardoulys became one of the most prominent and widely appreciated naïve painters in Australia.

Publication
The exhibition catalogue is available from the Gallery Store and online

Gallery talks

2.00pm Thursday 8 April | QAG
Insights into the work of James Fardoulys with Glenn Cooke, Research Curator, Queensland Heritage and the artist's son, Peter Fardoulys. Free. No bookings required.

11.00amThursday 20 May | QAG
Join Glenn Cooke, Research Curator, Queensland Heritage, on a tour of the exhibition. Free. No bookings required.

Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists' Gallery

Xstrata Coal

Exhibition sponsored by


Fardoulys