Collection Online
25.0 × 18.5 × 16.5 cm
Accession Number
Australian Sculpture
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Lina Bryans, 1987
© Ian Fairweather/DACS, London. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Gallery location
Level 2, NGV Australia
Born in Scotland, Ian Fairweather was interned as a prisoner during the First World War and spent the subsequent decades travelling between Australia, China and Europe, before settling on Bribie Island, off the Queensland coast. While in China he was drawn to the expressive power of calligraphy, and the severe, elegant forms he encountered had a profound impact upon his practice. Known primarily as a painter, this bust is the only sculpture he produced during his career. Based on a 1933 drawing of a young Balinese woman also in the NGV Collection, it was moulded in clay in 1946 and cast in bronze posthumously in 1987.