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ORIENTing

Ian Fairweather in Western Australian Collections / With or Without You

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery | ISBN 9781876793364

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ORIENTing is an exhibition in two parts, each exploring a different aspect of artistic engagement with Asia.
ORIENTing: Ian Fairweather in Western Australian Collections gathers together for the first time a series of significant early works by Fairweather in Western Australian Collections, focusing on the influence of Asian art and culture on the artist's practice. A major artist of the twentieth century, Fairweather was Scottish born, though spent periods of his life in China, Bali, the Philippines, India and Australia. He was particularly fascinated by Chinese culture and this is reflected in the subject matter and style of his works, which indicate a strong fascination with calligraphy. The exhibition focuses on Fairweather's early paintings from the 1930s and 1940s, which recall his experience of travel.

ORIENTing: With or Without You is an exhibition of contemporary art by Australian artists which touches on similar themes, considering the significance of place, identity and landscape in a variety of art forms. Artists include Newell Harry, Tom Nicholson, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Roy Wiggan, Tintin Wulia, and John Young. While some artists respond directly to Ian Fairweather's paintings, others reflect on the broader themes of cross-cultural engagement and interaction.

This companion book includes full-colour plates of all the works together with essays written by leading scholars and authors.

Artist: Ian Fairweather

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