Modern and Contemporary Painters’ Techniques

Do you want to deepen your knowledge of modern and contemporary painters’ techniques? Do you want to know what Arthur Boyd, Ian Fairweather, Jasper Johns, Brice Marden, Sidney Nolan, Manuel Ocampo, Nam Jun Paik and DeWain Valentine have in common? Then join us at GOMA on 10-11 December 2012!  We will be hosting The Meaning of…

Ian Fairweather: Late works 1953-74

Ian Fairweather’s interest in Chinese art, language and culture, manifested in works that evoke the simplicity and strength of Chinese characters. Fairweather painted a series of twelve illustrations for his 1965 translation of The Drunken Buddha, a well-known Chinese novel based on the life of Tao-chi, also known as Chi-tien (1148–1209), a sage well-known for…

Cleaning Ian Fairweather’s ‘Head’ c.1955

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,…