How to use this resource
Explore the world of Whiteley your own way
This digital resource is designed to allow you to navigate your own way through Brett Whiteley’s world. Discover content for case studies, assignments and inspirations for art-making or just reinvigorate your passion about the artist.
Through direct experiences with art and artists, we foster creative and critical thinking skills; create experimental opportunities to actively explore complex ideas in engaging ways; spark curiosity and discovery; and provide space to create, make and play.
Art sets created by teachers for teachers
Outlining approaches and ideas for the classroom, the associated Brett Whiteley Art Sets are designed by practising teachers currently working in the classroom. Aimed at different teaching levels, the Brett Whiteley Art Sets encourage experimentation across a range of creative processes for for Stage 1 to Stage 6 students. All content has been developed with reference to the NSW K–6 Creative arts and 7–12 Visual arts syllabus and the Creative arts National Curriculum.
A note about WHITELEY – the documentary: The documentary explores the same themes that are within this art board, including 'self and identity’, 'landscape’, 'exploring place’, 'the figure’ and 'birds and animals’.
Brett Whiteley in our collection
Brett Whiteley (1939–92) was one of the greatest Australian artists of the 20th century, an intense and prolific practitioner who worked across an impressive spectrum of media. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor and writer, but ultimately flourished best at that which '... in his deepest conscience [he] most cared about: being a painter.’
'Whiteley absorbed styles, techniques and influences with an intense urgency, thirst and passion. The artists that he admired shifted and changed with his years. Through these artists he developed his own distinctive style and discovered that painting was an adventure, a risk, an opportunity to explore his inner world as he saw and felt it.’
— Barry Pearce
With Arkie at the Chelsea Hotel, c1968
The life and times of Brett Whiteley
Who does Brett Whiteley think he is – artist, rebel, visionary, genius?
Of all the subjects Whiteley painted, landscapes gave him the greatest pleasure
From Bondi to Fiji via New York: the places that made Brett Whiteley
Whiteley: 'master of the curve’
Whiteley’s lyrical works often include birds, eggs, nests, trees, rocks and rivers
This web series explores the ongoing relevance and resonance of the late Australian artist, Brett Whiteley. In addition to his artworks, Whiteley’s archives, studio gallery, memorial travel scholarship, and personal impact continue to influence and inspire audiences.
The award-winning feature documentary WHITELEY was released in 2017. Directed by James Bogle and Produced by Sue Clothier, Whiteley is a visual journey into the artist’s private life and creative legacy, told 'in his own words’ using personal letters, notebooks and photographs, interwoven with reconstructions, animations, archival interviews and rare footage. Because the documentary contains recordings and reconstructions of Brett discussing his own life, work and artistic practice, we can gain deep insights into the mind of the artist.