Follow the red dirt road

Inspired by the Gallery’s commission to paint for ‘the special place’ (the Gallery) the women of the Amata Community in the north-west of South Australia have excelled themselves with a remarkable group of seven paintings and consider these large-scale works to be their best ever. I visited Amata in February 2012. To get there we travelled…

Cleaning Ian Fairweather’s ‘Head’

The cleaning of paintings is a fascinating subject. Changes in approaches to conservation practice mean that cleaning now often involves varnish removal. Traditional conservation practice commonly involves removing an old discoloured varnish from a paint layer and the changes are often visually dramatic. Natural resin varnishes such as dammar and mastic turn yellow over time,…