Larrtjanga Ganambarr, Australia b.c.1932-2000 / Balirlira and the Macassans c.1958

From this island, we look out across the sea

‏Telling the Story of Australian Art Your reimagined Australian Collection brings together art from different times and across cultures. After 120 years of building the Collection, there are many stories to tell of traversal and encounter, we focus on this theme as we continue with our series on Australian art. Scottish-born artist Ian Fairweather’s Lights, Darwin Harbour…

Ian Fairweather, Gethsemane 1958

Ian Fairweather’s masterwork: Gethsemane

Ian Fairweather’s iconic painting Gethsemane 1958 has been recently gifted by Philip Bacon, AM, Special Patron of the Gallery’s Foundation and member of the QAGOMA Foundation Committee. The gift will enable Queensland’s future generations to enjoy the work of one of Australia’s greatest artists who created some of his most celebrated works here in Queensland,…

Ian Fairweather: Late works

After a restless early life, in 1953 artist Ian Fairweather (1891–1974) consolidated his home and art in a hut on Bribie Island, in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay. The following 20 years saw Fairweather achieve the summation of his life’s labour as a painter and the works from this period brought him enduring fame. From his hut,…

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,…