Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

ORIENTing - Artists

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  • Artist talks and events


  • Ian Fairweather
  • John Young
  • Newell Harry
  • Phaptawan Suwannakudt
  • Roy Wiggan
  • Tintin Wulia
  • Tom Nicholson

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Ian Fairweather's artwork titled Boys Playing painnted in 1955

ORIENTing is an exhibition in two parts, each exploring a different aspect of artistic engagement with Asia.

Artwork featured: Ian Fairweather, Boys Playing, 1955, gouache on cardboard, 36.8 x 49.5 cm © Ian Fairweather/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, 2013.


ORIENTing: Ian Fairweather in Western Australian Collections

Curated by Ted Snell and Sally Quin

ORIENTing: Ian Fairweather in Western Australian Collections gathers together for the first time a series of significant early works by Ian Fairweather in Western Australian collections, focusing on the influence of Asian art and culture on the artist’s practice.

A major artist of the twentieth century, Fairweather was Scottish born, though spent periods of his life in China, Bali, the Philippines, India and Australia. He was particularly fascinated by Chinese culture and this is reflected in the subject matter and style of his works, which indicate a strong fascination with calligraphy.

The exhibition focuses on Fairweather’s early paintings from the 1930s and 1940s, which recall his experiences of travel.

ORIENTing: With or Without You

Curated by Aaron Seeto and Toby Chapman

ORIENTing: With or Without You is an exhibition of contemporary art by Australian artists which touches on similar themes, considering the significance of place, identity and landscape in a variety of art forms.

Artists include Newell Harry, Tom Nicholson, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Roy Wiggan, Tintin Wulia, and John Young. While some artists respond directly to Ian Fairweather’s paintings, others reflect on the broader themes of cross-cultural engagement and interaction.

The exhibitions enable us to look at the past to provide an understanding of the present, and also to act as a lens onto the future by exploring our cultural relationship to our geographic region over a broad time span.