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Ian Fairweather: Late Works 1953–74

Pumicestone Passage

Ian Fairweather | Pumicestone Passage 1957 | Gouache on cardboard | Gift of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Ian Fairweather, 1957/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2012

Fairweather

Ian Fairweather | Composition 1 c1961 | Synthetic polymer paint and gouache on cardboard | Gift of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Ian Fairweather, 1961/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2012

3 November 2012 – 3 March 2013 | Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists’ Gallery (Gallery 14), Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)

Opening Hours
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays

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.

Sound Recording
Ian Fairweather interviewed by Hazel de Berg in 1963 and 1965, in the Hazel de Berg collection [sound recording], held at the National Library of Australia. 

Guided Tours
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
T: (07) 3840 7255 (8.30am – 4.00pm Monday to Friday) E: educationbookings@qagoma.qld.gov.au
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

Performance: The Fairweather Project
3.00pm Saturday 2 March | Gallery 14, QAG
Join writer Rodney Hall and composer Erik Griswold, as they create a poetic homage to iconic Australian artist Ian Fairweather. Using narration, string quartet and koto, the performance explores Fairweather’s life, work, and psychology reflected within ‘Ian Fairweather: Late Works 1953–74’. Free, no bookings required.

In conversation
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

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.