The London years 1960–67
Left: Brett Whiteley Small Christie painting no 2 1965, Brett Whiteley Studio © Wendy Whiteley. Right: Brett Whiteley Woman in bath 1963, reworked 1964, purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of NSW 2000, Art Gallery of NSW © Wendy Whiteley
Explores Brett Whiteley’s art and life from 1960 to 1967 when he was largely based in London.
Key abstract works from this period as well as paintings from his Bathroom, Christie and London Zoo series, and the Endlessnessism monoprints of conversations with the artist Francis Bacon are featured in this exhibition at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills.
This remarkable body of work displays all the dexterity, imagination and ambition of a prodigious talent still in his 20s.
After winning the Italian Government’s Travelling Art Scholarship in 1959, Whiteley spent six months in Italy before arriving in England with a folio of studies and drawings to approach art galleries. For the next seven years, his output was prolific and he continually challenged himself technically and in subject matter. The results are still astonishing half a century after their conception.
13 Jul – 23 Sep 2012
13 Oct – 16 Dec 2012
4 Jan – 28 Mar 2013
30 Mar – 7 Apr 2013
Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills