Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2012 (SCAP) winner David Fairbairn, recently gifted two portraits to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection. The two portraits, a drawing and an etching depict Michael Foley, the late Sunshine Coast artist, whose work was exhibited at Caloundra Regional Gallery in 2017.
David Fairbairn is renowned for his feverishly gestural portrait drawings, and wanted to honour Foley by donating the works to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.
David says about Foley: “I found him to be a most engaging and unusual man and immediately knew he would make a good subject. So when, by complete coincidence I was awarded the Sunshine Coast Art Prize some months after my show I knew who to contact! Michael came up to Maleny on quite a number of occasions and over the course of the residency I completed a number of drawings and etchings of him.”
David Fairbairn's artworks can be found online via the Art Collections database.