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.
Art sets created by teachers for teachers
Explore Whiteley’s 1946 sketchbook
Explore Whiteley’s c1975 sketchbook '(I gotta learn how not to burn myself out)’
© Wendy Whiteley
Wendy Whiteley, the artist’s model and wife for over three decades, shares her recollections of Brett’s life and works in conversation with Wayne Tunnicliffe, head of Australian art, and talks in particular about the artist’s masterpiece, 'Self portrait in the studio’ 1976.
Good Pitch/Brett Whiteley Art Board
The Brett Whiteley Art Board has been made possible with the generous support of Good Pitch Australia (a partnership between Shark Island Institute and Documentary Australia Foundation). We acknowledge our philanthropic partners:
The Caledonia Foundation
Mark & Louise Nelson
Nelson Meers Foundation
David & Claire Paradice
Tim Fairfax & Tim Fairfax Family Foundation
Doc Ross Foundation