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Finding Fairweather


Finding Fairweather at Rockhampton Art Gallery

A Rockhampton Art Gallery exhibition

4 March - 12 November 2017

Finding Fairweather celebrates the life and works of one of Australia’s greatest painters, Ian Fairweather. Finding Fairweather brings together works rarely seen before. Drawn from private collections throughout Australia, the works speak to Fairweather’s role and ongoing influence amongst contemporary artists.

In 2016 the Rockhampton Art Gallery and Rockhampton Regional Council launched a fundraising campaign to acquire Painting II by Ian Fairweather. Scottish born, but Australian based, Ian Fairweather (1891-1974) is one of this country’s great modernist painters.

Finding Fairweather is an exhibition that brings to light an insight in to the life and works of this Australian painter and situates Fairweather with the cream of the crop of the Rockhampton Art Gallery Collection. Like the Rockhampton Region visionaries such as Mayor Pilbeam who have come before, the Rockhampton Regional Council is leading the charge in the campaign to acquire Painting II.

Ian Fairweather (1891-1974) is one of Australia’s great modernist painters. Scottish-born, he served in the First World War, but was captured by the Germans, and spent four years as a prisoner of war. The experience was harrowing, but also offered opportunities to study Japanese language and art, while Fairweather also provided illustrations to POW magazines. Following the war he studied art in England, the Netherlands and Germany.

Unsettled, but also adventurous, Fairweather travelled to Canada, China, Indonesia, India, the Philippines and Australia. At one stage Fairweather crafted his own raft and sailed from Darwin to Indonesia. Fairweather served with the British Army in India during the Second World War. In 1953 Fairweather settled on Bribie Island, off the Queensland coast, and lived the life of a hermit. It was on Bribie Island that Fairweather produced his renowned paintings that explored his life experiences, showed the influence of his travels and understanding of Eastern philosophies.



Ian Fairweather (1891–1974) | Painting II 1960 | synthetic polymer
paint and gouache on cardboard and hardboard | proposed
acquisition for Rockhampton Art Gallery’s 50th birthday. 






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Collection Conversations

Every Wednesday,  10.30am - 11.00am

Get to know the Rockhampton Art Gallery’s remarkable Collection. A true gem of Australia’s cultural fabric, the Gallery’s collection offers a top-shelf selection from the greats of Modernist Australia. Come along to the Gallery every Wednesday and be guided by one of the Gallery’s knowledgeable Collection Guides as they take you through the collection intimately. With a changing program of works on show, you can pencil in our Collection Tours as a regular Wednesday morning activity. 


Finding Fairweather: Exhibition Walk and Talk

Friday 7 April, 5.00pm - 7.00pm 

Rockhampton Art Gallery is delighted to announce that Julie Ewington, a renowned contemporary art professional and senior curatorial manager, will be joining us for an intimate and engaging evening of conversation surrounded by the delightful works of our Finding Fairweather exhibit.

With a warm welcome from Gallery Director Bianca Acimovic, you will have the opportunity to meet our new Gallery Curator Alexandra Nitschke and enjoy light nibbles and an open bar serving beer and wine. This is a one-off and unique opportunity to meet some of the people who are at the forefront of the exploration of art both in local and national capacities.




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