Review

Review: Claire Roberts illuminates the art of Ian Fairweather, and particularly his lifelong love affair with China

By Sasha Grishin
March 18 2022 - 1:00pm
Ian Fairweather with Chinese character charts, early 1960s. Picture: Clark Massie

Ian Fairweather (1891-1974) is widely regarded as one of the most important 20th century painters to have worked in Australia. Despite his training at the Slade School of Fine Art in London in the early 1920s, he was one of the most unconventional artists of his time who forged a unique path in his art that strayed markedly away from the Eurocentric model that generally prevailed in Australia at the time. China, Chinese art and Chinese thought played a significant role in his development as an artist and this pioneering book by Claire Roberts examines this aspect of his work.

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