14 David Fairbairn

14. PORTRAITURE – FACE-ON – Drawing and Mixed Media

David Fairbairn

Please contact the office if you are interested in attending this workshop. 02 6643 1528

This workshop is designed to extend your ideas & skills to make a more emotive & individual response to portraiture. Preferably you will work from yourself as the model. In this context it will be essential for students to bring plenty of dress up material such as hats, scarfs, sunglasses and an assortment of ‘colourful’ clothing that will allow the students the opportunity to produce exciting & pictorially interesting mixed media works. Bring a mirror & plenty of resource material. For example prior to the class take photos or make drawings of yourself dressed up in a variety of outfits & explore a range of different poses. All this initial investigation will get students into the ‘spirit‘of exploring ‘self’ in a number of guises. It should be seen as a fun way to get going. You will make detailed preliminary studies that will provide the starting point for development into a major mixed media drawing. You will be shown a range of innovative ways to build & layer images through exploration of a variety of mixed media that includes paint, collage, drawing materials & inks that investigates pose, character, personality and mood. Open to all comers, 18 years and over.

David Fairbairn studied at the West Surrey College of Art & Design in the U.K & was awarded a B.A.Hons Degree in Painting & Printmaking. Further study was undertaken on a three year Scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools in London were he gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Painting. In 1981 David arrived in Sydney, Australia to take up permanent residence. His first major solo show was with the Stephen Mori Gallery in 1984 & comprised Paintings & Drawings of both Large & Small Scale Portraits. Over the next 30 yrs. David has presented 30 solo exhibitions in both Sydney & Melbourne & participated in more than 80 Group Exhibitions including the Archibald Prize for Portraiture at the A.G.N.S.W. on eight occasions, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (twice) & the Dobell Prize for Drawing A.G.N.S.W (fifteen times).He has been the recipient of 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. He has been represented by Stella Downer Fine Art for the past fourteen yrs in Sydney & more recently by Port Jackson Press Print Gallery in Melbourne.Since his arrival in Australia in 1981 David has been a visiting lecturer at many art schools including Sydney College of the Arts, COFA, Sydney University, & more recently since 1997 at the National Art School where he continues to teach Life Drawing. David’s current projects include a solo Exhibition with Stella Downer Fine Art “Overview” in August 2016 & a touring Exhibition to Tweed, Lake Macquarie, Orange & Coffs Harbour Regional Art Galleries entitled DRAWN TO PRINT in 2017 & 2018. This series of exhibitions will showcase a selection of Recent Drawings & a suite of Large Scale Copper Etchings. David continues to live & work in Wedderburn, a small rural hamlet on the South Western fringes of Sydney.


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