erotic, sensual and sacred
Detail from Brett Whiteley sketchbook, Brett Whiteley Estate © Wendy Whiteley
Most men, and certainly all artists, even if many never get around to actually painting it, carry in their heads the great nude.
- Brett Whiteley, 1981
For Whiteley the human form was inextricably linked to life and by extension to his art. The deep primal urge of sexuality and sensuality that he felt would manifest itself in a diverse range of media and art practice, much of it inspired by his wife and muse, Wendy.
In this exhibition at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills, the nude is seen in rarely exhibition studies; in tender paintings rendered with Whiteley`s addiction to the curve; in tactile, elongated sculptures; and in frank, explicit expressions of the most intimate moments between lovers, beautifully drawn in brush and ink, pencil and collage.
12 Apr – 1 Sep 2013
Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills