LET GO OF ALL JUDGEMENT "Let go of all judgment from your past and liberate yourself. Celebrate your courage to have the human experience. Your collective past experiences has brought you to who you are in this moment. Breathe and let go knowing you have done the very best you could in each moment."
~ Christine Day ~
Ian Fairweather can rightly be considered one of Australia's best painters.
Born in Scotland in 1891, Fairweather studied at the Royal Academy and later under Henry Tonks at the Slade School, before living a predominately nomadic life that would take him to Canada, China, South Asia and eventually Australia.
Fairweather settled on Bribie Island in 1953, where he worked prodigiously, and created some of his best work. Fortunately, the Queensland Art Gallery holds some of the best examples of his painting from this period, including two large religious work, Gethsemane 1958, and Epiphany 1961-2.
Fairweather exhibited Gethsemane in the 1959 Blake Prize, but expressed doubts about the work - the black paint mixed with gum achieved an effect he wasn't totally satisfied with. Nonetheless, author Patrick White purchased the work in 1961 and admired its sonorous austerity, hanging it over his desk. Epiphany - a more complex, almost claustrophobic composition - immediately resonated with art critics, being a work which "establishes him as Australia's greatest living artist." Robert Hughes later wrote "There are...at least four paintings whose emotional range and sheer breathtaking beauty seem to me to be surpassed by no other Australian picture and one of them, Epiphany, has claims to being the finest painting of them all." Images:
Gouache on cardboard on board
Gift of Philip Bacon, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation 2017. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Synthetic polymer paint on four sheets of cardboard on composition board
7" vinyl series, mixed media on white vinyl sleeve, 2018
Vinyl record with Wasted Youth logo.
Wasted Youth were an East London band who became a small phenomenon across Europe between 1979 and 1982, they blended early Goth and post-punk with dark acoustic strains of the sort associated with Nick Drake and Syd Barrett.
Not to be mixed up with Wasted Youth (also known as LA's Wasted Youth), a prominent hardcore punk band in the early 1980s from Los Angeles, California.