Booktopia has been placed into Voluntary Administration. Orders have been temporarily suspended, whilst the process for the recapitalisation of Booktopia and/or sale of its business is completed, following which services may be re-established. All enquiries from creditors, including customers with outstanding gift cards and orders and placed prior to 3 July 2024, please visit https://www.mcgrathnicol.com/creditors/booktopia-group/
Add free shipping to your order with these great books
Ian Fairweather : A Life in Letters - Claire Roberts

Ian Fairweather

A Life in Letters

By: Claire Roberts, John Thompson

Hardcover | 1 October 2019

Sorry, we are not able to source the book you are looking for right now.

We did a search for other books with a similar title, however there were no matches. You can try selecting from a similar category, click on the author's name, or use the search box above to find your book.

When he died in 1974 after a long period of self-imposed austerity and improvisation on Bribie Island, Queensland, Ian Fairweather was at the apex of his fame. He had been called ‘our greatest painter’, and his works were keenly sought by galleries, collectors and artists.

Born in 1891 in Scotland, Fairweather had lived a peripatetic life, forever seeking the right place to settle. He was a prodigious and idiosyncratic letter writer—wryly documenting for friends and family members his travels, his struggles with his painting and Chinese translations, and the changing conditions on Bribie, as well as commenting on literature and world affairs.

Seven hundred of the painter’s letters are known to be in existence, and in their selection Claire Roberts and John Thompson have created the definitive volume of Fairweather’s correspondence: the closest thing to an autobiography of one of Australia’s most important and enduring artists.

About the Author

Claire Roberts is an associate professor in art history and an ARC Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and has published widely on Chinese art and visual culture, and curated numerous exhibitions. John Thompson is a historian who worked at the National Library of Australia for many years, and the author of The Patrician and the Bloke- Geoffrey Serle and the Making of Australian History.
Industry Reviews
'Fairweather's heroic task as an artist, and "lonely abnormal individual", was to keep the world-of place, weather, family, his dealers, and a few fellow artists who were friends-both within reach and at a manageable distance. Scrupulously edited, the letters in which he did this, with all their paranoid anxieties, and grumps and prejudices, are both comic and engagingly human. Meanwhile the works are always quietly behind him in the dark.' * David Malouf *
'A gorgeous book with plenty of photos and reproductions of Fairweather's works...It helps paint a fuller picture of the man than we've ever had before.' * Courier Mail *
'Fairweather's letters...capture the intense interior life of a man devoted to his art.' * Age *
'Letters from [Ian Fairweather's] Bribie Island retreat, with their total concentration on the essential act of painting, are quirky, opinionated, dedicated. Ian Fairweather: A Life in Letters is superbly edited by Claire Roberts and John Thompson, and generously produced.' * Brenda Niall, ABR *
'Essential to any understanding of Fairweather is the work of the letters' editors...A Life in Letters is a beautiful object.' * Sydney Review of Books *
'A book that, like Fairweather's paintings, generates thought and even walking so that you can taste it, put it down, go off and come back.' * Garland *
'A consummate editorial achievement.' * Burlington *

More in Diaries, Letters & Journals

Everything I Know About Love : Now a Major BBC One Series - Dolly Alderton
Graft : Motherhood, Family and a Year on the Land - Maggie MacKellar
Hazzard and Harrower : The letters - Brigitta Olubas

RRP $39.99

$35.35

12%
OFF
Grief : A Guided Workbook to Help You Heal - Christopher Spriggs
A Private Spy : The Letters of John le Carre 1945-2020 - John le Carré
One Day I'll Remember This : Diaries 1987-1995 - Helen Garner

RRP $29.99

$26.50

12%
OFF
Out of the Forest : The true story of a recluse - Gregory Smith
100 Letters That Changed The World - Colin Salter

RRP $39.99

$35.35

12%
OFF
Dear Lover - Samuel Johnson

Hardcover

RRP $24.99

$23.75

The Young Man - Annie Ernaux

Paperback

RRP $19.99

$18.95

Florence Broadhurst: Inspiration Journal - Florence Broadhurst
The Motorcycle Diaries - Ernesto Che Guervara

RRP $22.99

$21.90

A Kind of Confession : The writer's private world - Alex Miller

RRP $39.99

$35.35

12%
OFF
Diary of a Currency Trader - Samuel J. Rae

RRP $37.40

$33.75

10%
OFF
100 Letters That Changed The World - Colin Salter

RRP $32.99

$30.25