David Fairbairn

“Over the past 30 yrs printmaking has occupied an important role in David Fairbairn’s work. It has impacted significantly on his drawing practice and added an extra dimension to it.
Fairbairn perceives drawing directly from the model onto copper plates as a critical aspect of his printmaking practice, the copper surfaces are treated in much the same way he would treat a sheet of paper using charcoal or pastel. The images are built and destroyed many times, until the desired result is achieved. The accumulated etched & drypoint marks, both erased & present, scraped, burnished, sanded & on occasion aquatinted, are not dissimilar to the various patinas that exist in his drawings.
Fairbairn’s approach to mark making focuses on the use of line as a way of capturing the energy & life force of the subject as it exists in physical space & time. Martin Gayford (who sat for Lucien Freud) describes the tradition of working from a live model as an attempt to hit a moving target, the changeability of the subject allowing traditional portraiture to continue to rise above photographic portraiture. Fairbairn captures this notion in the layers of material he applies to his work, each mark representing the minute changes that occur as time passes.
Extract from “Biting the Line” by Renee Porter (former Exhibitions Officer Campbelltown Arts Centre) in Collaboration with David Fairbairn.
Imprint Magazine Autumn 2012 Volume 47.
David Fairbairn was awarded the Dobell Drawing Prize in 1999, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2002, the Kedumba Drawing award in 2009, & most recently the Mosman Art prize in 2012. His prints have been widely exhibited including The Fremantle, Geelong & Rick Amor Print Prizes. A Survey of Collaborative Prints 1981-2000 by David Fairbairn & Suzanne Archer (affiliated with the Biennale of Sydney 2000) was presented by Campbelltown Arts Centre In 2000. In 2012 he was awarded a Print Council of Australia Print Commission. He has been a regular finalist in both the Dobell Drawing Prize & Archibald Prize for Portraiture at the AGNSW. His work is included in the 2012 publication “Australian Contemporary Drawing” by Janet McKenzie published by Macmillan.

Portrait of G.E. No.10

Portrait of G.E. No.10

Drawing - Acrylic, gouche, pen & ink on paper

This is available framed only

76 x 56 cm

Year of Print: 2015

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Portrait of G.P. No. 3

Portrait of G.P. No. 3

Etching - Copper etching and drypoint

28 x 28 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2015

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Portrait of J.L. No. 1

Portrait of J.L. No. 1

Etching - Copper etching & drypoint

30 x 29 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2015

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Portrait of G.E. No 4

Portrait of G.E. No 4

Etching - Copper etching & drypoint

30 x 28 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2015

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Study S.A. No. 5 (seated)

Study S.A. No. 5 (seated)

Drawing - Acrylic, gouche, pen & ink on paper

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38 x 29 cm

Year of Print: 2016

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Study S.A. No.3 (standing)

Study S.A. No.3 (standing)

Drawing - Acrylic, gouche, pen & ink on paper

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38 x 29 cm

Year of Print: 2011

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Study S.A. No.4 (leaning forward)

Study S.A. No.4 (leaning forward)

Drawing - Acrylic, gouche, pen & ink on paper

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38 x 29 cm

Year of Print: 2011

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Portrait of F.S. No.2

Portrait of F.S. No.2

Drawing - Acrylic, gouche, pen & ink on paper

This is available framed only

76 x 56 cm

Year of Print: 2015

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Portrait of M.F. No.1

Portrait of M.F. No.1

Drawing - Acrylic, gouche, pen & ink on paper

This is available framed only

76 x 56 cm

Year of Print: 2015

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Portrait of T.C. No. 2

Portrait of T.C. No. 2

Etching - Copper

33 x 28 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2016

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Portrait of T.C. No.1

Portrait of T.C. No.1

Etching - Copper

33 x 28 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2016

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Portrait of J.M. No. 4

Portrait of J.M. No. 4

Etching - and drypoint

60 x 52.5 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2016

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Portrait of S.A. No. 3

Portrait of S.A. No. 3

Etching - and drypoint

60 x 52.5 cm

Edition length: 10

Year of Print: 2016

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Portrait of J.M. No.7

Portrait of J.M. No.7

Etching - and drypoint

The portrait of Jane McGowan, a much loved Sydney arts patron who was the daughter of Lord & Lady Casey. They were a much celebrated couple in Melbourne in the 1940's/50's, he being, I believe the foreign minister in the Menzie Government.) Sadly Jane passed away late last 2015.[br]FRAMED ONLY

42 x 36 cm

Edition length: 20

Year of Print: 2014

$750.00 inc. GST

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Double Portrait of G.E. No.1

Double Portrait of G.E. No.1

Drypoint - Copper etching

28 x 42 cm

Year of Print: 2015

$750.00 inc. GST

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Portrait of J.L. No.4

Portrait of J.L. No.4

Drypoint - Copper etching

36 x 30 cm

Year of Print: 2015

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Portrait of G.E. No.7

Portrait of G.E. No.7

Drypoint - Copper etching

36 x 30 cm

Year of Print: 2015

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Auto Portrait No.16

Auto Portrait No.16

Drypoint - Copper etching

33 x 25 cm

Edition length: 35

Year of Print: 2004

$650.00 inc. GST

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Portrait of V.H. No.5

Portrait of V.H. No.5

Drypoint - Copper etching on hand painted ground

29 x 29 cm

Year of Print: 2011

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Portrait of V.H. No.7

Portrait of V.H. No.7

Drypoint - Copper etching

29 x 29.5 cm

Year of Print: 2008

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Portrait of J.M No. 8

Portrait of J.M No. 8

Drypoint - Copper etching

29 x 30 cm

Year of Print: 2014

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Portrait of M.F. No.3

Portrait of M.F. No.3

Drypoint - Copper etching

30 x 24 cm

Year of Print: 2014

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