The Ian Fairweather Project
 
Chronology of the life of Ian Fairweather
1891-1919 The Early Years
1920-1948 Developing Artist
1949-1974 Mature Artist
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Chronology of the life of Ian Fairweather

The chronology was compiled by Dr Debra Beattie from various sources in particular Ian Fairweather by Murray Bail, Bay Books, Sydney, 1981.

DATE

LOCATION

EXTRA NOTES

1891

Bridge of Allan, Scotland

Born to Annette Thorpe of Jersey and Surgeon-General James Fairweather on home leave from the 22nd Punjabi Rifles

1901

London

Reunited with parents and eight siblings.

1902

1. Beaumont, Jersey, Channel Islands
2. London

Schooled at Victoria College, Jersey
and Earls Court, London.

1910-12

Champery, Switzerland

From the ages of 16 (climbed Mont Denis in 1907) to aged 21 he adventured, drew drawings, thought and read philosophy before he officially joined the army in 1912 aged 21.

1912-14

Officer Training School, Belfast

He was aged 21-22-23 and being trained as an officer in the years leading up to the Irish Uprising in 1916.

1914-17

Captured near Dour, France, taken to POW camps in Mainz, Strohen, Ingolstadt, Freiburg

23 -24
Reading Fenellosa on pre 20th Century East Asian Art published in 1912.

1918

The Hague. Visited Amsterdam. Returned to London

1.Studying with van Mastenbroek. Saw Rembrandt.
2. After death of his Father - Fairweather gave himself permission to pursue art fulltime at age 27.

1919

Oxford

Resigned from Army, enrolled in Forestry Institute.

1920

London

Slade School aged 29 years of age enrolling as a student painter

1921

London

School of Oriental Studies, studying Japanese

1922

London, Norway

Prize for figure drawing. Vacation in Norway.

1923-4

London

Part-time student at Slade, left mid-term Feb 1924

1924-5

Munich, Oslo, Kuam

Six months in Germany, then to Kuam through winter.

1925-7

Hertford

Under patronage of Leverton Harris, met H.S. Ede

1928

Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada, then to Island between Vancouver and Victoria.

Aged 37: Farm labourer, then caretaker, studied Chinese grammar.

1929-32

Shanghai. Lake Country – Hangchou, Huchou, Suchou.

Worked at odd jobs, lived near Suchow Creek, visited Lake Country. Shanghai bombed.

1933

Peking, Fuchou

Stayed at T’ai Shan Monastery. Visited National Collection of Art

1933

Hong Kong

 

1933

Buleleng, Bali

Nine months painting full time.

1933

Broome, then Perth

 

1933

Colombo

Sends paintings to Ede in London.

1934

Melbourne

Met Jock Frater and George Bell; Exhibition in early March; six months on mural commissioned by Menzies Hotel

1934

Sydney, Brisbane to Davao, Phillipines

Bathing Scene, Bali acquired by Tate in London.

1935

Peking

Painting: Studying calligraphy and Chinese.

1936

Moji, Japan; Formosa (Taiwan); Hong Kong, Tawau, Jakarta, Makassar,

 

1936, June

Zamboanga, Philippines

Remote hut, lost tip of little finger on right hand, hospital in Manila late December.

1937

Manila

Fire in room destroys paintings – letter to Ede describing this event.

1938

Brisbane (Sandgate) in early September

Disused Beach Theatre

1939

Cairns (Alligator Creek)  on 10 June

First Australian subjects in paintings; last done in oils.

1940

May – to Hong Kong, Saigon, Bangkok, Singapore for 9 months

Enlisted in war effort (perhaps triggered by news that Germany had invaded Norway which he had visited in 1922) – desk job at age 49 in the Censorship Department, exhibited at National Gallery, London

1941

Calcutta

Worked in advertising agency, painting scenes from China.

1941

Kulu Valley, Bombay, Bangalore

Recommissioned as Captain, 5th Mahratta Light Infantry, served in Italian POW camp, Bangalore

1942

Bangalore

Appointed Lieutenant. Paintings exhibited at Redfern Gallery, London.

1943

Melbourne, June 1, stayed a week then to Brisbane, Cairns, and arrived Cooktown, 1 July

Discharged from Army, returned to Australia.

1944

Sandgate, Brisbane

Worked in aircraft factory. Death of Mother

1945

Bribie Island

Drifted on boat to White Patch

1945

Melbourne in October.

Lived in Lina Bryan’s house, Darebin

1946

Melbourne

Sent 45 paintings to London; completed only sculpture (clay)

1947

Cairns in October

130 paintings sent from Melbourne to Redfern Gallery, London, arrived too damaged to exhibit.

1948

Cairns (Brown Bay)

Sent 4 paintings to Macquarie Galleries, Sydney; last one man exhibition at Redfern Gallery in Oct-Nov; first purchase by NGV of 3 small gouaches

1949

Cairns

First one man exhibition, Macquarie Galleries; Art Gallery NSW acquires Seated Figure

1950

Left Cairns for Townsville then hitchhiked to Darwin, arrived April

 

1951

Darwin (Francis Beach)

Lived in the back half of a WW2 supply ship, HMAS Karu

1952

Darwin until April 29

Prepared for raft journey

1952

Roti, Indonesia, Singapore

17 days across Arafura Sea and on landing, arrested and deported.

1952

London, Devonshire

Worked as labourer

1953

Sydney on August 13, then to Bribie Island

Built thatched hut near Woorim.

1955-57

Bribie Island

 

1958 - 59

Bribie

Mixing PVA with gouache

1960

Bribie

Exhibition at Macquarie Galleries

1961

Bribie

Flight into Egypt, Monastery

1962

Bribie

QAG exhibits Epiphany. Queues form to view it. Fairweather paints - Monsoon, Mangrove, Shalimar, Reclining Figure, Portrait of the Artist

1963

Bribie

Represented Australia at VII Bienal de Sao Paulo, completed translation of The Drunken Buddha, Painted Marriage at Cana, Cover article by Laurie Thomas, Art in Australia, Vol. 1, No. 1

1964

Bribie

 

1965

Bribie

Bridge opened. The Drunken Buddha published with illustrations; touring retrospective opened at QAG; Macquarie Galleries exhibition sells out in first ten minutes; winner of WD & HO Wills Prize for Turtle and Temple Gong;

1965

Bribie, Singapore, Madras

Left for airport, 7 August, returned to Island 14 Sept.

1966

Bribie

John McCaughey Prize for Monastery; Death of George Bell

1966

London

Flew out early September, returned mid October

1967

Bribie

 

1968-69

Bribie

Painted House by the Sea

1970

Bribie

Aged 79 taken to RBH with dehydration; last exhibition at Macquarie Galleries

1971

Bribie

Taken to RBH again by Al Fleming, taxi driver and friend, in late April; severe arthritis

1972

Bribie

Stops painting around March

1973

Bribie

Awarded International Cooperation Art Award

1974

Bribie

Death of Jock Frater.
Fairweather admitted to RBH and dies from heart attack there on 20 May. Had asked to be buried on Bribie but as there was no cemetery there, his ashes were scattered in Fairweather Park.

1975

 

Posthumous exhibition at Macquarie Galleries in Sept.