ARTISTS | Ian Friend
From his studio in Ipswich, Queensland, Ian Friend creates subtle and evocative works on paper using pigment, ink and gouache. With a fascination for alchemy between materials and an obsession with hand-made art papers, sourced worldwide, Friend’s works are made from the finest materials and developed using techniques which have been refined over many decades. Though materiality is an integral part of his practice, his works also reflect a rich engagement with jazz, poetry and architecture. Friend has developed work in response to contemporary poet Jeremy Prynne, and with composer Martin Freidel, among others.
Born in Eastbourne, England, Friend migrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1985 and has since lectured in drawing and painting in several Australian universities while maintaining his art practice and exhibiting in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Friend is represented in numerous international public collections, among them The British Museum and Tate Gallery, London, Arts Council of Great Britain. Within Australia he is represented at the Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Australia and the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston plus a host of university and regional galleries around the country.
City Ghosts, 2016
Ghost Milk, 2013
But These Things Also, 2011
Angel Song #1 by ian friend
Angel Song #2 by ian friend
city ghosts (set 2, no. 1) by ian friend
city ghosts (set 2, no. 4) by ian friend
city ghosts (set 2, no. 5) by ian friend
city ghosts (set 2, no. 6) by ian friend
city ghosts (set 2, no. 8) by ian friend
Hope by ian friend
Past Present #2 by ian friend
tracing the paths of memory by ian friend