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Fairweather Contemporaries

Fairweather Contemporaries at Rockhampton Art Gallery

A Rockhampton Art Gallery exhibition


27 April - 12 November 2017
Free Entry

In 1975 Mayor Rex Pilbeam, a figure of fame and controversy, was set to embark on cultural expansion with Rockhampton, the likes of which we have not seen since. He, alongside a board, raised funds to acquire contemporary Australian artwork from now household names; Nolan, Boyd, Williams, Blackman, and Brack. Tragically, Ian Fairweather, recognised as one of Australia’s greatest artists had passed away the year prior, leaving Rockhampton’s cultural aspirations with a lingering hole. Fortunately for Rockhampton, the opportunity has arisen from famed gallerist, collector and arts benefactor Philip Bacon generously offering one of Fairweather’s rare masterpieces Painting II for acquisition, alongside a major cash donation.

Fairweather Contemporaries is a companion exhibition to Finding Fairweather that aims to place the artist among his peers that make up the Cream of Rockhampton’s collection. The exhibition plots a course through Australian artists who were influenced by one of Australia’s greats. Through the calligraphic sensibilities of Rankin and Aspden, the ecclesiastic arrangements of Coburn and French, and the experimental figuration of Blackman and Kemp we aim to secure Fairweather’s rightful place in our collection.


     Fred WilliamsBlack stump in landscape c.1960 | oil on canvas | purchased 1976. Art Acquisition Fund, with assistance from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council

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