Goulburn Regional Art Gallery


David Fairbairn

This exhibition will cover the last ten years of David Fairbairn’s work and include large scale portraits, accompanied by medium and smaller sized works. This will be the first time that Fairbairn's work will be brought together in such a way illustrating the artist's dedication, skill and insight into portraiture. The exhibition will start at Orange Regional Gallery and travel throughout regional NSW over the next 18 months, concluding at Campbelltown Arts Centre in May 2012
David Fairbairn is a leading figure within contemporary Australian drawing. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions extensively and is represented by commercial galleries in Melbourne and Sydney. The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Dobell Drawing Prize and the Kedumba Drawing Award are just some of the many accolades that Fairbairn has been awarded attesting to the significance of his work and practice.
Lineage is an exhibition that spans the past twelve years of David Fairbairn’s artistic practice. Incorporating an array of media into each work, it is line that brings the work together. Fairbairn defines himself as a draughtsman first and foremost, not a painter.
Fairbairn’s history as an artist goes back to his early childhood years. He was born in 1949 in Zambia, South Africa. He subsequently spent most of his first nine years in West Africa. He was then sent to a boarding school in England. It was here that Fairbairn began writing letters to his mother. His father was a mining engineer, based in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia. It was this association with African culture that led to a broad interest in African art, which in turn resulted in an appreciation and fondness for Oceanic, Aboriginal and Papua New Guinea art and culture.
These early cultural influences informed Fairbairn’s art practice, in particular traditional tribal masks. Two of these masks, given to his father, have since been handed down to David and now hang in his home, a constant reminder of his history and the direct influence on his early portraits.
Lineage is a comprehensive body of work and clearly illustrates Fairbairn’s mastery of the use of line, the power and immediacy of its mark, and his dedicated approach to producing work that reveals Fairbairn’s place as one of Australia’s leading contemporary draughtsmen.


Exhibition Schedule
Orange Regional Art Gallery 11 February – 27 March 2011
Goulburn Regional Art Gallery 12 April – 7 May 2011
Maitland Regional Art Gallery 1 July – 21 August 2011
Mosman Art Gallery 10 September – 19 October 2011
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery 26 October – 4 December 2011
Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery 20 January – 18 March 2012
Campbelltown Arts Centre 31 March – 27 May 2012
A Campbelltown Arts Centre Travelling Exhibition



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