Around the time my parents were contemplating a new life in a bright and airy space, artist Ian Fairweather (1891 -1974) had built a cottage on Bribie Island.
To get away from it all.
My favourite Ian Fairweather works were those painted from 1955 to 1960. Beautiful layers of figuration and landscape.
I sat in an office space with this painting for some years. It’s called Parasol. Fairweather often used the umbrella as a device. All up front with its taut lines and movement. The black and the tonal greys contrast with the delicate pale yellows.
| Ian Fairweather, Parasol, 1957 |
In times of boredom, I often focussed on the splash of red alongside the dusky greys. Fairweather used to quote a Chinese saying that ‘colour is emptiness.’
I like emptiness.