An image of Anak Bayan

Ian Fairweather

(Scotland, Australia 29 Sep 1891 – 20 May 1974)

Anak Bayan

Other titles:
Anak Bayan - Triptych
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

Painted while Ian Fairweather was living on Bribie Island, Queensland, Anak Bayan recalls the artist’s time in Manila, where he lived for a period during the 1930s. The painting has been viewed as a celebration of birth ('anak bayan' means 'son of the country' in the Tagalog language), yet public birth celebrations are not customary in the Philippines.

The well-known street, Anak Bayan, in the Bukid district was most probably the artist's inspiration for painting. According to Fairweather scholar Murray Bail, Anak Bayan is the artist's 'summation of the crowded everyday in Manila' and 'a streetscape of the mind', encapsulating Fairweather's memories of the Filipino people.

gouache on cardboard on hardboard
96.8 x 227.3 cm board; 109.0 x 241.3 x 9.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r., red gouache "Anak BAYAN IF ["IF" monogram]". Not dated.
Bequest of Lucy Swanton 1982
Accession number
© Ian Fairweather/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
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