The Darebin Bridge House, where Ian Fairweather painted in Melbourne during the mid-1940s
Detail of the front veranda where he sat reading
Fairweather, in my opinion, is amongst the greats of mainstream Australian art including Tom Roberts and Sidney Nolan. It is interesting to note that all three painted in a direct manner with a distinct lack of pretension. Qualities traditionally associated with historic concepts of the Australian improviser. Furthermore, Fairweather has been an influence to later generations of abstractionists, commencing significantly with Tony Tuckson, whose late works also convey these same qualities.