Pumpkin & Potted Plants

Jean Fairburn
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Jean Fairburn's garden often took centre stage in her paintings as with this work, which shows Fairburn’s use of bold, line and a dynamic sense of movement. Generally preferring to work in oils, this work demonstrates Fairburn’s dexterity across a range of media including watercolour.

Jean Fairburn (1912–2010) was a Hamilton based artist and a keen gardener. Along with a number of other local artists including Margot Philips, Joan Fear, Ted Bracey and Ida Carey, Fairburn chose to depict local subjects in her art. This sense of ‘regionalism’ became a movement of sorts throughout New Zealand from the 1930s and was marked in the Waikato by paintings that responded to the distinct farming landscape and lifestyle and by the influence of the local Maori population. She began her art career in the Waikato following a move from Auckland with husband Geoff. An active member of the Waikato Society of Arts alongside a number of local contemporaries including her husband, Fairburn advocated for the development of artistic expression. She was a member of the Maori Women’s Welfare League and a practising Buddhist.
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715 x 862 x 22mm (framed whole)
405 x 560mm (image)
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Trust Waikato Art and Taonga Collection
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