21 October – 3 December 2017

David Fairbairn is well known for his large mixed-media drawings. Although this part of his practice continues, in recent years he has worked almost exclusively on large-scale etchings. ‘With these new prints,’ he explains, ‘drawing directly from the sitter onto the copper etching plate is an important aspect of my process.’ The different characteristics of line between the prints and drawings are particular qualities that engage the artist; the corrosive mark in the etchings made as a result of the printmaking process or the drawn line on paper using charcoal or pastel. Now working mainly in monochrome, the artist is able to reinforce the underlying formal and abstract structures in the depiction of the sitter, while still emphasising the emotional and psychological content of the work. This touring showcase comprises drawings produced from 2010–2016, and etchings of the same sitters created during the period 2015–2017.

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, the Orange Regional Gallery and the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery are supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

David Fairbairn Auto Portrait no 19 2012 intaglio etching on paper, 33.4 x 25.7cm. Purchased 2012, Collection Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, courtesy the artist.

artwork David Fairbairn