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Brett Whiteley: Nature – new exhibition showcasing 47 of Whiteley’s landscapes

October 4, 2013toMay 18, 2014


* SYDNEY Brett Whiteley

Brett Whiteley redefined the way the Australian landscape is seen and became one of our most celebrated 20th-century painters with his interpretations of the countryside. 

  • 4 October 2013 – 18 May 2014
  • Brett Whiteley Studio
  • Admission Free

Whiteley`s early school days in Sydney and particularly boarding school in Bathurst set a foundation and intimacy with the landscape.

Brett Whiteley Nature ExhibitionBrett Whiteley returned to Sydney with his young family after a decade in Europe and America to find Australia had changed and a culturally awakening was taking place.

Australia and its Indigenous cultures also played a significant part in Whiteley`s art along with its unique flora and fauna. His work To Yirrawalla 1972 is a tribute to Yirawala, the artist and Aboriginal elder of the Kuninjku people in Arnhem Land. Whiteley had viewed his bark paintings and met the artist in Sydney in 1971.

Whiteley was also indebted to Asian art and the landscape tradition. One of his last great large works, Autumn (near Bathurst) – Japanese Autumn 1987-88, brings all these elements together in the contemporary language of ink, charcoal, paint and collage. He fused an Asian aesthetic of perspective with a European sensibility to create a unique floating sensual landscape, with birds, nests, trees, rocks and rivers inhabiting a world founded on place and set in imagination and feeling.

Whiteley’s eclectic book collection in the studio holds many clues – Chinese painting and calligraphy, brush and ink drawings, Japanese, Le Japonisme (the French connection and influence on Monet, Matisse and van Gogh amongst others) Indonesian and Islamic art as well as artists such as Lloyd Rees, Bill Brandt, William Scott, Nicholas De Stael and Richard Diebenkorn. These books and artists all provide a rich contextual platform for understanding Whiteley and his art.

On view
4 October 2013 – 18 May 2014
Fri, Sat & Sun, 10am – 4pm

Brett Whiteley Studio
2 Raper Street
Surry Hills 2010, Sydney, Australia
Tel 02 9225 1744 or 02 9225 1881

Admission Free


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