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Brett Whiteley

Australia, England

07 Apr 1939 - 15 Jun 1992


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Materials used

oil and collage on wood


244.0 x 305.0 cm board; 246.0 x 307.2 x 4.8 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Gift of Patrick White 1975


Not on display

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Artist information

Brett Whiteley

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Works in the collection


Shown in 16 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 21 publications


Nancy Borlase, Bulletin, 'Art; An unexpected Whiteley', pg. 57, Sydney, 23 Nov 1974, 57. This is a review of a Brett Whiteley exhibition held at the Australian Galleries in Melbourne. Brett Whiteley is photographed with daughter Arkie.

Sarah Engledow., White, Whiteley: the portrait of Patrick White by Brett Whiteley, ‘White Whiteley’, Canberra, May 2010. viewed 01.02.2013,

Maureen Gilchrist., Age, 'Talent shows in serious works', Melbourne, 20 Nov 1974, 2. This article appears in the `Art' section of `The Age', and is a review of Brett Whiteley's exhibition at the Australian Galleries, Collingwood, Melbourne. The theme of the exhibition is the view from the artist's home at Lavender Bay, Sydney.

Jane Hampson, Look, 'Under the influence: the work of Lloyd Rees and Brett Whiteley hangs side-by-side in a new exhibition', pg. 12-16, Melbourne, Feb 2001, 15 (colour illus.).

Lou Klepac, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees, 'Introduction', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 2001, front cover (colour illus.), 8.

Elwyn Lynn, Modern Australian Painting, 1970/1975, 'Introduction', pg. 7-11, Unknown, 1976, cover page (colour illus.), 54 (colour illus.), 87. plate no. 72; Bibliographic Notes and Index is supplied on pg. 87

Alan McCulloch., The Herald, 'Back to Terra Firma', Melbourne, 20 Nov 1974, 30. This article appears in the `Art' section, and is a review of Whiteley's exhibition at the Australian Galleries, Melbourne.

Sandra McGrath, Brett Whiteley, 'Lavender Bay: Optical Ecstasy', pg. 164-213, Kensington, 1979, 170-171 (colour illus.).

Sandra McGrath, Sydney Harbour Paintings from 1794, 'Brett Whiteley (b.1939)', pg. 100-103, Milton, 1979, 100 (colour illus.), 101.

Barry Pearce, Brett Whiteley Art & Life, 'Persona and the Painter', pg. 15-41, London, 1995, 35, 144 (colour illus.), 231. plate no. 85

W.E. Pidgeon., Sunday telegraph, 'Whiteley finds peace', Sydney, 22 Dec 1974, 59. This article appears in the `art' section of the `Sunday Telegraph', and reviews a Whiteley exhibition of recent works held at Bonython Gallery.

Daniel Thomas, Australia, 'Elizabethan post-colonial 1950-2013', pg. 226-288, London, 2013, 17 (colour illus., detail), 232 (colour illus.), 247 (colour illus.). 168; 42

Gavin Wilson, Harbourlife, 'harbourlife', pg. 7-32, Sydney, 2007, 56, 32, 32 (colour illus.).

Brett Whiteley - Aspects & Insights, Sydney, 1996, (colour illus.).

Big blue: the painted harbour (list of works), Sydney, 1997.

Brett Whiteley `Lavender Bay Series', 'The theme of this catalogue/exhibition is to present a series of work to celebrate the view from the artist's house at Lavender Bay on Sydney Harbour', Collingwood, pre 19 Nov 1974, (illus.).

The Art Gallery of New South Wales Bulletin, Sydney, Feb 1998-Apr 1998, 21 (colour illus.).

Patrick White, painter, manqué: paintings, painters and their influence on his writing, 'White and the Sydney Art World: 2', pg. 84-93, Carlton, 2002, 92, 156.

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

Modern Australian painting, 1950/1975, Adelaide, 1980, 168 (colour illus.).

Menzies, Melbourne: Australian & International Fine Art 15 December 2010, Sydney, 2010, 40, 43 (colour illus.). RELATED WORK: 'Little Orange (Sunset)', 1974, lot no. 27; NOTE: AGNSW work illustrated on page 43, related work illustrated on page 41.