1887 - 1986. Born in the Yorkshire coal-mining town of Barnsley on 21 May 1886, Fairley came to Canada to teach & from 1915 on was a Professor of German Literature at the University of Toronto until his retirement in 1957. He wrote a number of books, the best known [more]
[Barn nestled in Hills]
Oil on board
16 x 20 inches
Signed top right, FAIRLEY
Verso:[ signed ] Barker Fairley
This is the latest painting that we have seen by Fairley & it was executed in his 96th year. The handling of the paint is very tentative, with thin glazes of colour overlapping each other causing a blurring of the outlines. The total effect is emotionally compelling from a distance. The pastel tones are, to say the least, unusual for Fairley & remarkably beautiful.
The second illustration above presents the 1981 landscape with ERODED HILLSIDE, CORYGELLS of 1939 [ catalogued as # 3 above ] which makes a striking statement to the consistency & integrity of Fairley's personal style & vision over more than 40 years.
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