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An image of The pink heron by Brett Whiteley

Brett Whiteley

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

The pink heron
Other titles:
The pink bird (Fiji)
Pink bird
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on hardboard

137.4 x 122.0 cm board

Gift of Patrick White 1979
Accession number
© Wendy Whiteley
Not on display
Bibliography (6)

Helen Hewitt, Voices, 'Patrick White: painter manqué', pg. 61-70, Canberra, Winter 1997, 67-68.

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, following 48 (colour illus.), 92, 94, 98, 116, 155.

Sandra McGrath, Brett Whiteley, Kensington, 1979, 96 (colour illus.). NOTE: pg. 94 (illus.) photograph of the interior of the artist's studio shows a similar if not the same work in an incomplete state.

Barry Pearce, Australian Artists, Australian Birds, North Ryde, 1989, 145 (colour illus.). plate no. 126

Eleonora Triguboff (Editor), Art & Australia, Paddington, Summer 2012, 232 (colour illus.). advertisement for the exhibition 'Brett Whiteley: on the water'

Patrick White, Patrick White's Choice, Sydney, Dec 1981. 13

Exhibition history (5)

Patrick White's Choice, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Dec 1981–31 Jan 1982

Brett Whiteley - the genius (1999-2000), Moree Plains Gallery, Moree, 27 Nov 1999–28 Jan 2000

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

Whiteley on the Water, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, 02 Nov 2013–23 Jan 2014