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Collection

Brett Whiteley

(Australia, England 07 Apr 1939 – 15 Jun 1992)

Title
(Crucifixion)
Year
1989
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
ceramic plate, blue glaze
Dimensions

33.8 cm diameter

Signature & date
Signed and dated upper verso, blue glaze “brett/ whiteley/ 89”.
Credit
Bequest of Beryl Whiteley 2012
Accession number
210.2012
Copyright
© Wendy Whiteley
Location
Not on display
Further information

From the mid 1970s Brett Whiteley collaborated with a number of Australian artist-potters, including Derek Smith and John Dellow, producing a variety of vases, plates and other ceramic vessels, drawn with calligraphic gestures in blue glaze over a white porcelain background. In these images, Whiteley depicted blossoms, trees, birds and other animals, lovers, as well as a series on the theme of the Crucifixion. This plate corresponds with a series of paintings and drawings produced in 1979–80 where the tortured figure of Christ is laid bare on the Cross, distended and malformed hands and fingers pierced with both drawn and real iron nails.