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Orange Regional Gallery | David Fairbairn: Drawn to Print

Image: David Fairbairn, ‘Large head JB no 1’ (detail), 2012, mixed media, 173x208cm.
Celebrated portraitist David Fairbairn is well known for his large scale mixed media drawings and his expert use of line and while these aspects of his practice continue, in recent years he has focused almost exclusively on large scale etchings.
David Fairbairn explains, β€œIt is important to me that my etchings compliment and extend my previous explorations in drawing. With these new prints, drawing directly from the sitter onto the copper etching plate is an important aspect of my process. The length of time spent with a person and the stopping and starting of a work as a series develops, are factors that contribute to the final outcome. I am interested in the unexpected transformative qualities of the line that is etched by immersion in ferric chloride. The quality of the corrosive line is different to a drawn line on paper using charcoal or pastel. Now working predominantly in black and white, I am able to reinforce the underlying formal and abstract structures in the depiction of the sitter, whilst still emphasising the emotional and psychological content of the work.”
Drawn to Print comprises a selection of drawings produced from 2010–2016, and etchings of the same sitters created during the period 2015–2017. The show offers a rich exploration of the psyche of both the artist and his sitters who have built up close friendships over many years.
David Fairbairn: Drawn to Print is a touring exhibition. The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Orange Regional Gallery and the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery are supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
David Fairbairn is represented by Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, Melbourne.
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