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An image of Big orange (sunset) by Brett Whiteley

Brett Whiteley

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

Big orange (sunset)
Media category
Materials used
oil and collage on wood

244.0 x 305.0 cm board; 246.0 x 307.2 x 4.8 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Patrick White 1975
Accession number
© Wendy Whiteley
Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
Bibliography (21)

Australian Galleries, Melbourne, Brett Whiteley `Lavender Bay Series', 'The theme of this catalogue/exhibition is to present a series of work to celebrate the view from the artist's house at Lavender Bay on Sydney Harbour', Collingwood, pre 19 Nov 1974, (illus.).

Kym Bonython, Ross K Luck, Laurie Thomas and Elwyn Lynn, Modern Australian painting, 1950/1975, Adelaide, 1980, 168 (colour illus.).

Nancy Borlase, Bulletin, 'Art; An unexpected Whiteley', pg. 57, Sydney, 23 Nov 1974, 57. This is a review of a Brett Whiteley exhibition held at the Australian Galleries in Melbourne. Brett Whiteley is photographed with daughter Arkie.

Jonathan Cooper (Editor), The Art Gallery of New South Wales Bulletin, Sydney, Feb 1998-Apr 1998, 21 (colour illus.).

Sarah Engledow., White, Whiteley: the portrait of Patrick White by Brett Whiteley, ‘White Whiteley’, Canberra, May 2010. viewed 01.02.2013,

Maureen Gilchrist., Age, 'Talent shows in serious works', Melbourne, 20 Nov 1974, 2. This article appears in the `Art' section of `The Age', and is a review of Brett Whiteley's exhibition at the Australian Galleries, Collingwood, Melbourne. The theme of the exhibition is the view from the artist's home at Lavender Bay, Sydney.

Jane Hampson, Look, 'Under the influence: the work of Lloyd Rees and Brett Whiteley hangs side-by-side in a new exhibition', pg. 12-16, South Yarra, Feb 2001, 15 (colour illus.).

Helen Verity Hewitt, Patrick White, painter, manqué: paintings, painters and their influence on his writing, 'White and the Sydney Art World: 2', pg. 84-93, Carlton, 2002, 92, 156.

Lou Klepac, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees, 'Introduction', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 2001, front cover (colour illus.), 8.

Elwyn Lynn, Modern Australian Painting, 1970/1975, 'Introduction', pg. 7-11, Unknown, 1976, cover page (colour illus.), 54 (colour illus.), 87. plate no. 72; Bibliographic Notes and Index is supplied on pg. 87

Alan McCulloch., The Herald, 'Back to Terra Firma', Melbourne, 20 Nov 1974, 30. This article appears in the `Art' section, and is a review of Whiteley's exhibition at the Australian Galleries, Melbourne.

Sandra McGrath, Brett Whiteley, 'Lavender Bay: Optical Ecstasy', pg. 164-213, Kensington, 1979, 170-171 (colour illus.).

Sandra McGrath, Sydney Harbour Paintings from 1794, 'Brett Whiteley (b.1939)', pg. 100-103, Milton, 1979, 100 (colour illus.), 101.

Menzies Art Brands Pty Ltd [Sydney], Menzies, Melbourne: Australian & International Fine Art 15 December 2010, Sydney, 2010, 40, 43 (colour illus.). RELATED WORK: 'Little Orange (Sunset)', 1974, lot no. 27; NOTE: AGNSW work illustrated on page 43, related work illustrated on page 41.

Barry Pearce, Brett Whiteley Art & Life, 'Persona and the Painter', pg. 15-41, London, 1995, 35, 144 (colour illus.), 231. plate no. 85

W.E. Pidgeon., Sunday telegraph, 'Whiteley finds peace', Sydney, 22 Dec 1974, 59. This article appears in the `art' section of the `Sunday Telegraph', and reviews a Whiteley exhibition of recent works held at Bonython Gallery.

The Brett Whiteley Studio (Editor), Big blue: the painted harbour (list of works), Sydney, 1997.

The Brett Whiteley Studio, Whiteley & Rees: More affinities, Sydney, 2005, (illus.). List of works

Daniel Thomas, Australia, 'Elizabethan post-colonial 1950-2013', pg. 226-288, London, 2013, 17 (colour illus., detail), 232 (colour illus.), 247 (colour illus.). 168; 42

Gavin Wilson, Harbourlife, 'harbourlife', pg. 7-32, Sydney, 2007, 56, 32, 32 (colour illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), Brett Whiteley - Aspects & Insights, Sydney, 1996, (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (12)

Lavender Bay Series, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, Collingwood, 19 Nov 1974–03 Dec 1974

Sydney Harbour 1794-1979, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 03 Aug 1979–26 Aug 1979

Brett Whiteley Art & Life (1995-1996), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Sep 1995–19 Nov 1995

Brett Whiteley - Aspects & Insights (1996-1997):

Big Blue - the painted harbour (1997), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jun 1997–29 Mar 1998

Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees (2001), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 10 Feb 2001–08 Jul 2001

Whiteley & Rees: more affinities (2006), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 03 Dec 2005–09 Apr 2006

Harbourlife: Sydney Harbour from the 1940s to recent times:

Iconic Whiteley (2009-2010), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 12 Sep 2009–Aug 2010

Blue (2011), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 09 Jul 2011–08 Jul 2012

Whiteley on Water, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 17 Nov 2012–27 Jan 2013

Australia, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 21 Sep 2013–08 Dec 2013