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Brett Whiteley

Australia, England

07 Apr 1939 - 15 Jun 1992




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas on board


65.5 x 85.8 cm board; 840 x 1045 x x 60 cm

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r.corner, pink oil "B.W. 1958".


Purchased by the New South Wales State Government 1994, transferred to the Gallery 1998


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Brett Whiteley

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 10 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 10 publications


Barry Pearce et al., Brett Whiteley education pack, 'Early works', Sydney, 1995, (colour illus.). card no. 2 in education pack

Janet Hawley, Good Weekend Magazine, 'Still life', pg. 18-24, Sydney, 02 Jul 1994, 22.

Sandra McGrath, Brett Whiteley, 'A classic Aries', pg. 9-27, Kensington, 1979, 23, 24 (colour illus.), 25 (colour illus.), 26. The illus. on pg. 25 is a detail of the image.

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Genesis of a Painter: the early abstractions of Brett Whiteley [1939-92]', pg. 20-21, Heidelberg, Sep 1998, 21 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Brett Whiteley Art & Life, 'Early work', pg. 50-55, London, 1995, 54 (colour illus.), 226. plate no. 4

Barry Pearce, Genesis of a Painter: The early abstractions of Brett Whiteley, 'Genesis of a painter: The early abstractions of Brett Whiteley', pg. 2-3, Sydney, 1998, 4 (colour illus.). 3

Barry Pearce and Alec George, 9 Shades of Whiteley, '1: Early Works', pg. 15, Sydney, 2008, 14 (colour illus.), 15.

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Landscape and gesture', pg. 239-240, Sydney, 2000, 246 (colour illus.), 302.

Kathie Sutherland, Brett Whiteley: A sensual lilne 1957-67, ‘Bathurst and beyond: early abstraction’, pg. 14-38, Victoria, 2010, 32, 34-35 (colour illus.), 37, 63, 226. AA23

The Brett Whiteley Studio, Whiteley & Rees: More affinities, Sydney, 2005, (illus.). List of works