Fair-Isle

Robert Clinch

Fair-Isle by Robert Clinch

Details

Artist
Robert Clinch
Title
Fair-Isle
Year
1999
Medium
gouache, watercolour and drybrush
Size
81 x 118 cm
Details

signed lower right:  Clinch 1999

Stock Number
213124

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Provenance

the artist
Joseph Brown Gallery, 1999
Sussan Group Collection, Melbourne
Important Australian Art, Sotheby’s, Melbourne, 25 August 2008, lot 55
private collection, Melbourne

Exhibited

Finalist, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000
Robert Clinch: Fanfare for the Common Man, Art Gallery of Ballarat 2013 & touring Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW, 2013

Literature

Robert Clinch: Fanfare for the Common Man, Art Gallery of Ballarat, 2013, p. 63, illus. p. 70

Further Information

“Clinch’s fascination with brick walls often manifests itself. Fair-Isle 1999 provides a tour-de-force in Hawthorn brick work, its chatty quality sharpening the isolation to the elderly figure seated at the bus stop, knitting.  A little investigation unravels the ever so present touch of whimsy. The title is derived from one of the Shetland Islands to the north of the Scottish mainland.  Fair Isle is also a traditional knitting technique, its patterns of multiple colours are like those of the Hawthorn bricks. Even Clinch’s model was a lady of Scots name.”

Thomas, D. Robert Clinch: Fanfare for the Common Man, Art Gallery of Ballarat, 2013, p.63