Artist Profile

DAVID FAIR BAIRN

WHILE STUDYING AT THE WEST Surrey College of Art in Farnham and the Royal Academy Schools London during the 1970s, David Fairbairn ignored his instincts to work from the life model and followed the advice of his lecturers to produce flat abstract paintings. After visiting in 1981 and meeting artist Suzanne Archer, Fairbairn decided to move to Australia a year later. Subsequently, he decided to return to working from a life model to create figurative drawings. This saw the beginning of his exploration into mixed media drawing techniques.

Since producing his seminal

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It may be tempting to situate this issue of Artist Profile within a feminist framework, adding to the growing discourse surrounding gender inequality within the arts. Indeed, the trope of the male genius suffuses the canon of Western art like a lurid