Ian Friend

Ian Friend was born and educated in the UK, completing postgraduate studies at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in 1975. He has worked as an artist, curator and educator since graduating and relocated to Australia in 1985 to work at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. Since then he has lived and worked in Ballarat, Launceston and Brisbane, to where he relocated with his family in 1997. He continues to produce paintings and works on paper, with 2 harlequin poodle assistants, in an inner city home and studio in Brisbane.

Six Ian Friend Works in Response to Poetics

I have worked allusively in relation to poetic texts for most of my professional life. I suppose the first was T.S. Eliot, and I have correspondence with Valerie Eliot on that matter (she told me Eliot didn’t like the idea …

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