Gregory Weight/Copyright Agency, 2022, Greg Weight Whiteley appears as a character in the book Falling Towards England by Clive James under the name Dibbs Buckley. Self portrait in the studio, 1976 Brett Whiteley Oil, collage, hair on canvas 773 x 600 cm, AGNSW Brett Whiteley's Self Portrait in the Studio was an expressionism painting which stretched the definitions of portraiture. The absorbing detail of the first painting has disappeared, as the artist withdraws into his own head. Richard Hall (Editor), Sydney: an Oxford anthology, South Melbourne, 2000, front cover (colour illus.). 86. David Shteinman, Philosopher, 'Tribute to a Dionysian Free Spirit. He was the subject of an ABC television documentary called Difficult Pleasure directed by Don Featherstone in 1989, which showed him talking about many of his main works, and his recent works such as ones done during a month-long trip to Paris; one of his last overseas trips. Close up of painting focused on blue harbour and white boats which merges with actual harbour footage with shimmering water. 40 years Kaldor public art projects 1961-2009 World events timeline ART GALLERY OF NSW / Kaldor public art projects explorer / WORLD EVENTS TIMELINE the 1960s was an It features in all three self-portraits from 1976-78, acting as a signature or trademark. This approach was intended to allow Whiteley to speak "in his own words" about his life and art. What is Whiteley trying to tell us about himself in his self-portraits? 20, No. 34-35, Australia, Sep 1991, 34-35 (illus.). Brett Whitely (Australian 1939-1992) Bio. Email In this clip from the 1965 documentary 'The Australian Londoners', Brett Whitele. Whiteley's sculpture, Nude (1962) Brett Whiteley AO (7 April 1939 - 15 June 1992) was an Australian artist. Discusses how alcohol opens up circus of the imagination which Whiteley feared he would not be able to reach otherwise. 81-82, Port Melbourne, 1998, 82 (colour illus.). His first Archibald award, Self portrait in the studio, in deep bluish tones, shows an image of his studio at Lavender Bay overlooking Sydney Harbour, with his own reflection in a mirror shown at the bottom of the picture; a view of Sydney Harbour on the left establishes the location of the picture. 15-41, London, 1995, 35-36, 145 (colour illus. [21], Whiteley's home and workplace during the last four years of his life at 2 Raper Street in Surry Hills was converted into the Brett Whiteley Studio museum by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.[22]. The immediate effect was a heightening of reality in that everything I looked at took on an intensity That morning returning to school by bus, I remember the poplar trees were bare for winter but it took me years to paint what I saw. 61-85, Sydney, 2005, 76 (colour illus. Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'What's on elsewhere', pg. Brett said he had wanted it to scare himself straight. [1]. 9. Brett Whiteley - portrait 1 1975 Greg Weight. He lived in the northern suburb of Longueville and attended Chatswood Primary School, then Scots College in Bathurst. Brett Whiteleys 'Self portrait in the studio exudes a sense of sumptuous living and the liquid presence of the harbour through what he called the ecstasy-like effect of ultramarine blue. In his younger years he was sent to boarding school in Bathurst and also Scots Collage in Sydney. The artist's face reflected in a tiny mirror suggests the influence of Eastern art in the portrayal of man as merely a small part of a much larger . He started drawing at a very early age. Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Landscape and gesture', pg. Elizabeth Fortescue, Daily telegraph mirror, 'Regarding Whiteley', pg. The elongated centre image of Whiteley references the uproar over William Dobells unconventional Archibald-winning portrait of Joshua Smith of 1943. 2023 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Another in the series was a more abstracted Woman in the bath II, which owed a debt to his yellow and red abstract paintings of the early sixties. Brett Whiteley Art & Life (1995-1996), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Sep 1995-19 Nov 1995 Brett Whiteley Art & Life (1995-1996), Museum and Art Galleries of . 'Strung between triumph, tragedy' an obituary by Barry Pearce. After meeting Bryan Robertson, the director of the Whitechapel Gallery, Whiteley was included in the 1961 group show 'Recent Australian Painting,' where his Untitled red painting was bought by the Tate Gallery. WHITELEY, Brett (1939-1992) 'Self Portrait at 36, Comedown,' c1975. I think he has done this to make the place seem more realistic because if he had . One way that America influenced him is in the scale of his works. He won the international prize at the second Paris Biennale for Young Artists in 1961, and married his lovely muse, Wendy Julius, the following year. Free entry, Find out what you need to know before visiting, Thirty-six looks at four sights on three themes: recent paintings, drawings and carvings, Two centuries of Australian painting, a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees (2001). He is represented in the collections of all the large Australian galleries, and was twice winner of the Archibald Prize. Purchased 1977 Wendy Whiteley, Need caption That year he won the trifecta, being awarded all three prizes including the Wynne and Sulman. 19-22, Sydney, 20 Jun 1992, 19-21 (illus.). In 1991 he was awarded an Order of Australia. Lou Klepac, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees, 'Introduction', pg. He makes no attempt to hide the fact that he is somewhere else He was trying silently to say, stay away, this is not what it might seem. See opening hours signed and inscribed with title lower right brett whiteley / self-portrait after a haircut at 36, 100 x 75 . 'Self Portrait in Studio' was created in 1976 by Brett Whiteley in Fauvism style. . The Brett Whiteley Studio (Editor), Big blue: the painted harbour (list of works), Sydney, 1997. Brett Whiteley, Self-Portrait in the Studio (1976) In 1976, Brett won the Archibald Prize for his painting Self Portrait in the Studio. We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 80 (colour illus. [28], This article is about the artist. Whiteley's return to Australia in 1969 heralded a new preoccupation with colour and beauty. One suspects a touch of trichophilia a fetishising of hair with vague sexual overtones. He did paintings of the areas around Bathurst, Oberon and Marulan, all in New South Wales. Hilma af Klint, Buddha's Standpoint in the Earthly Life, 1920 Art Print. 21-23, Canberra, Sep 2000, 22-23. review of 'Australian icons' exhibition. The Self-portrait of 1977 sits squarely between his two Archibald Prize winners: Self-portrait in the studioof 1976, and Art, life and the other thing in 1978. Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. The second painting has a completely different tone. . . BRETT WHITELEY (1939 - 1992) GARDEN, 1975 brush and sepia ink on paper 84.5 x 75.0 cm stamped lower. [citation needed], In 1967 Whiteley won a Harkness Fellowship Scholarship to study and work in New York. He soon settled in Lavender Bay. 15 Jun 1992. signed lower right: BRETT WHITELEY, [1] Wilson, Ashleigh, Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing, Text Publlishing, Melbourne, 2016, p.272, [2] Berg, Charles, The Unconscious Significance of Hair, George Allen & Unwin, London, 1951, [3] Whiteley, Brett, quoted in Sandra McGrath, Brett Whiteley, Bay Books, Sydney, 1979, p.219, [4] Kandinsky, Wassily, On the Spiritual in Art, 1910 (mutiple editions). Open daily Brett Whiteley was Born on the 7 th of April 1939 at Paddington Sydney. No other artist left traces of his own locks on so many canvases. He won all three prizes in 1978 (the first artist to do so) and the Wynne a third time in 1984. Through the 1960s he exhibited around the world as well as in Australia before the family returned to live in Lavender Bay on Sydney Harbour. As he said: "To draw animals, one has to work at white heat because they move so much, and partly because it is sometimes painful to feel what one guesses the animal 'feels' from inside." Brett Whiteley, AO was an Australian artist. Andrew Powell, Departures, 'Sydney[.] Last modified on Wed 19 Oct 2022 10.16EDT, Original reporting and incisive analysis, direct from the Guardian every [2], In explaining his use of collage, which often saw him adding photographs or objects to a canvas, Whiteley said he did it: when I feel the need to describe in the focus of the painting something that requires infinite realism, a realism so absolute that no amount of painstaking brush strokes can accurately describe it. [3]. Barry Pearce, Brett Whiteley Art & Life, 'Persona and the Painter', pg. This is an advertisement for an art book titled `Brett Whiteley' by Sandra McGrath. 28-29, Sydney, 09 Sep 1995, 28-29. Closed Good Friday & Christmas day 2023 John McDonald. He left Australia for Europe on 23 January 1960.[4]. Brett Whiteley AO (19391992), artist, displayed a brilliant talent for drawing as a Sydney schoolboy. Closed Good Friday & Christmas day On one level TheCompanion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. This is a review of an exhibition which consists of Archibald Prize winning paintings, that was held at. Brett Whiteley 1975 'The balcony 2' is one of his most evocative harbour paintings, encapsulating key elements of Whiteley's art - fluent draughtsmanship, an erotically charged curvilinear line and an ability to invest minimal brushstrokes with multiple associations. Anne Ryan, Look, 'Drawn to the line', Sydney, Jan 2019-Feb 2019, 34 (colour illus.). High quality Art Print. Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes for 1976, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Jan 1977-27 Feb 1977. Brett Whiteley, 'Self portrait in the studio', (1976) Elisabeth Cummings, 'Journey through the Studio', (2004) . Bill Gregory, Art and Australia (Vol. (1939 - 1992) SELF PORTRAIT, 1977. oil and hair on canvas. Donald Williams, In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 2002, 173 (colour illus.). It was, at the very least, a way of exposing his own dark obsessions to the widest possible audience and the full glare of publicity. 'The balcony 2' is one of his most evocative harbour paintings, encapsulating key elements of Whiteley's art fluent draughtsmanship, an erotically charged curvilinear line and an ability to invest minimal brushstrokes with multiple associations. This painting won the Archibald Prize in 1976 and was acquired by the Gallery in 1977. card no. ), 23. 20-21, Heidelberg, May 1997, 21 (colour illus.). 13: Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) Est: AUD60,000 - AUD80,000. In little more than two years Whiteley had moved from a languorous vision of the studio to a sensational, confessional self-portrait set against a pale, terracotta ground. 0 bids Ending Today at 22:53 AEDST 19h 16m Local pickup. Anna Waldmann, The Archibald Prize: an illustrated history 1921-1981, Sydney, 1981, 235 (colour illus.). An audio version released by Audible in 2016 was narrated by Mark Seymour. The Art Gallery of New South Wales has brought together 116 of Whiteleys works, from detailed landscapes to nude studies, that demonstrate the critical role of drawing something Whiteley called a completely un-rehearsable and unrepeatable visual truth in the artists creative practice, Brett Whiteley: Drawing Is Everything is showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until 31 March 2019, Thu 27 Dec 2018 21.53EST It shows Brett Whiteley looking at himself intently in the mirror and recording exactly what he sees. Look at these paintings and examine how Whiteley has given us clues to his identity. Directed by James Bogle and produced by Sue Clothier, Whiteley includes extensive archival footage and photos, personal notes and letters, as well as animations and dramatic reconstructions, although no new interviews were shot for the film. It was these abstract works which led to him being recognised as an artist, at a time when many other Australian artists were exhibiting in London, but from 1963 he moved away from abstraction towards figuration. At the time of print Olsen and Coburn were board members of the Art Gallery of NSW. 2-4, Sydney, 2001, 8. Robert Walker, Gift of the Robert Walker family 2008, Brett Whiteley, 'Art, life and the other thing', 1978, Art Gallery of New South Wales. Jane Hampson, Sun-Herald, 'Brett Whiteley's Images of Sydney Harbour', pg. Barry Pearce, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Australian Art', pg. plate no. [4] He also spent time with friends including Mark Knopfler and John Illsley from the band Dire Straits. Born in Sydney, Whiteley was sent to boarding school in Bathurst in 1948. 15 Jun 1992. Portraiture for Brett Whiteley was an insight into the psychology of the human condition. In 1976 he won both the Archibald Prize for portraiture and the Sulman Prize for genre painting and, the following year, the Wynne Prize for landscape. 1945 LtGen Edmund Herring by William Dargie. Whiteley travelled extensively throughout Asia, including India in 1965, and Japan in the last years of his life, experiencing at first hand the sources of his inspiration. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people. Whiteley used the occasion to open discussions about Asia during a period in which Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam and American president Richard Nixon were establishing new relationships with the Peoples Republic of China. Free delivery and returns on eBay Plus items for Plus members. By vintage wall art. ), 235. The balcony 2 Brett Whiteley 1975 116.1981. corner, white oil "1975 brett whiteley". Throughout his career, Whiteley would return again and again to the self-portrait, as a form of self-examination and self-dramatisation. Jenny Aland and Max Darby (Editors), Art Connections, 'Visual design or plan of artworks', pg. But there was another side thats duality of life and thats where Bretts pictures moved away from Matisses. 28-29, Sydney, May 1997-Jun 1997, 29 (colour illus.). Write a list of the things that interest you and your favourite objects. Brett Whiteley painting - alchemy 1972-1973 Art Print. He met other artists and musicians while he lived at the Hotel Chelsea, where he befriended musicians Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan. This article is associated with "Melba". List of works . His work was not always being praised by critics, although its market value continued to climb. Andrew Sayers, Australian art, 'Icon and abstraction 1951-68', pg. Nevertheless, within this perceived enlightened sense of judging, the Trustees reverted to traditional form with the award going to William Pidgeon in 1961 for Rabbi Dr I. Porush. Artist Natasha Walsh with her nearly completed Archibald Prize entry, a riff on Brett Whiteley's winning piece, 'Self-portrait in the studio'.Janie Barrett. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified. His last studio and home - 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills in Sydney - is now a museum managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Artists; A-Z Listing; Art movements; Schools and groups 7: BRETT WHITELEY, DAISIES, 1975 - 76. . 9 (verso) in education pack. The glamorous Whiteleys marriage was fiery, and their inevitable separation added to the artists problems with substances and self-doubt. ), 145 (colour illus.). Whiteleys biographer, Ashleigh Wilson, describes the work as a confronting depiction of the panic and desperation of drug addiction. He believed he had a gift he needed to share with everyone but couldnt escape his habitual self-centredness. Wave Brett Whiteley 115.1997. Mervyn Horton (Editor), Art and Australia [vol. This article appears in the 'Focus' section of the newspaper. Difficult pleasure is how he described painting, or creating art stating, "Painting is an argument between what it looks like and what it means. 6-7, Melbourne . Donald Richardson, Art & Design in Australia, South Yarra, 1995, 15, 60, 80, 83, 137, 140, 145, 163, 243.. Peter Ross, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, Chapter 4: Into the 1970s, pg. Tina McGuffie, Mornington Peninsula leader, 'In a haze of art', pg. Free delivery and returns on eBay Plus items for Plus members. There are portraits of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Charles . In London he excited art dealers and fell under the influence of painters such as Francis Bacon, of whom he later made a series of portraits. His wife Wendy appears as "Delish". See opening hours Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons. He is represented in the collections of all the large Australian galleries, and was twice winner of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes. There are two illustrations of `Self Portrait in the Studio' in this article. 07 Apr 1939 Contemporary Art Quilter Pat Pauly's random thoughts and excursions made public. 21, Port Melbourne, 2005, 21 (colour illus.). . Jane Hampson, Look, '', pg. a portrait within the portrait, and the face of the artist is rendered in strong detail in the reflection of a hand-held mirror. [26], In 2017, a feature-length biographical documentary about Whiteley was released in Australian cinemas. In these pictures the influence of Matisse reaches its apogee. Were not looking at a would-be genius or a sinful penitent. It started with a peaceful, dreamlike, serene ocean scene on one side, that worked its way to destruction and chaos in a mass of lighting, red colours and explosions on the other side. It was the cage of his interior, his addiction, the window or a glimpse of possible escape into paradise: the escape from one's psyche. unknown author., Sun news-pictorial, 'Brett wins art double', Melbourne, 22 Jan 1977, (illus.). (Whiteley 1979: 1) Whiteley also made images of the beach, such as his yellowish painting and collage work The beach II, which he painted on a brief visit to Australia before his return to London and his winning of a fellowship to America. Whiteley loved painting Sydney Harbour views in the 1970s such as in his paintings, Henri's Armchair (1974)[10] The balcony 2 (1975)[11] and Interior with time past (1976),[12] which show an interior and exterior view starting with a room that leads through open windows to the harbour full of boats outside. Edmund Capon AM, OBE and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Australian 20th Century Art', pg. 3), 'Collecting international art', pg. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Brett Whiteley - portrait 1 1975 Greg Weight. The Brett Whiteley Studio (Editor), Big Blue - The painted harbour, Sydney, 1997, cover (colour illus.). Brush and ink on brown paper 80.5 x 53.5cm. Year. In 1976 he became the first artist to win the Archibald and Sulman prizes in the same year; having won only the Wynne in 1977, in 1978 he became the first artist to win the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes in the same year. Leslie Hollings (Editor), The Australian, Sydney, 17 Mar 1979, (illus.). BRETT WHITELEY (1939 - 1992) SELF PORTRAIT, 1977 oil and hair on canvas 30.5 x 25.5 cm signed lower. His expression is completely blank, as if he wanted only to pause and take stock of himself. 12, Sydney, Oct 2006, 12 (colour illus.). The music will be written by Elena Kats-Chernin, with a libretto by Justin Fleming. [18], In 1999, Whiteley's painting The Jacaranda tree (1977), which had won the Wynne Prize, sold for A$1,982,000,[19] a record for a modern Australian painter at that time. Jill Sykes, Look, Barry Pearces next book-call it segueing with intent, pg. Find more prominent pieces of self-portrait at - best visual art database. Shop with Afterpay on eligible items. 6-7, Sydney, 1981, 6, 25 (colour illus.). Whiteley's intention was to portray the violence of the events, but not to go too far in showing something which people would not want to see. The young Whiteley duplicates the three-quarter turn of the head, the painters sullen-or-soulful gaze which holds the viewers eye. 213-236, Sydney, Summer 1982, 235 (colour illus.). 'Brett Whiteley Self Portrait and Other Intimacies', pg. Alec George, Look, 'Whiteley's 'inner paddock', pg. Richard Wherrett, Sydney Theatre Company Limited Ninth Annual Report 1987, Sydney, 1987, front cover (colour illus.). Wendy Whiteley, former wife of Brett Whiteley, talks about the work 'Self-portrait in the studio' (1976). This photograph was taken by Andrew Rankin. Donald Williams, In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 1995, 170, 171 (colour illus.). 1928 Dr Alexander Leeper by John Longstaff. Archibald Retrosepctive Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1985-1985. The Conceptual Frame Work- Brett Whiteley 'Self Portrait in the studio' 1039 Words; 3 Pages; The Conceptual Frame Work- Brett Whiteley 'Self Portrait in the studio' The symbols:He has used a variety of line, round and curvy in some areas but straight in others. Brett Whiteley's 'Self portrait in the studio' exudes a sense of sumptuous living and the liquid presence of the harbour through what he called the ecstasy-like effect of ultramarine blue. It has been regarded as a self-portrait, a giant outpouring of energy and ideas brought forth over a long period of time. Brett Whitely (7 April 1939 - 15 June 1992) Look closely at the work and find the signs and symbols Whiteley uses to represent himself as an artist. are Butcher Bird with Baudelaire's Eyes of 1972 in pen, ink, gouache and collage, and the . 34, Sydney, 17 Jun 1992, 34. unknown author., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Mirror image a winner for artist Whiteley', Sydney, 22 Jan 1977, (illus.). Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. [23], The book was longlisted for a Walkley Book Award and Australian Book Industry Award, and shortlisted for the Australian Book Design Awards and the Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award. Alivea Goncalves Stevenson told of her family's relief that a suspect is in custody for her sister, Kaylee's, brutal murder on November 13. This article analyses art prizes and their judges, and this year's entries in the Archibald, Sulman, and Wynn competition. It was first publicly exhibited at the Bonython Art Gallery in Paddington, Sydney in February 1972 as part of an exhibition titled Portraits and other emergencies. Dr. Virginia Keeney is photographed examining Whiteley's self portrait. All Rights Reserved. The Self-portrait of 1977 represents a far less theatrical attempt at self-reflection. One could be cynical about these additions, seeing them as pictorial short cuts that saved a lot of time and effort, but its entirely plausible Whiteley was motivated solely by inner necessity or at least, his own, idiosyncratic version of the concept. We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands. David Christian, 'At Lintas advertising agency, Sydney', c1956. Sandra McGrath, Brett Whiteley, Detail of 'Self Portrait in the Studio' on cover page of book, Pymble, 1992, cover (colour illus.). Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. His work became highly desired by collectors, especially his large-scale, brilliantly-coloured interiors and landscapes strongly influenced by French artist Henri Matisse such as Big orange sunset 1974 and Self portrait in the studio 1976. Source: Art Gallery of New South Wales Archive, Brett Whiteley in his studio, 1976, by Robert Walker Estate of Robert Walker. ), Sue Williams, Daily telegraph mirror, 'Memories of Whiteley', subtitled 'Portrait of an artist', pg. Sandra McGrath., The Australian, 'The making of an authentic genius', Sydney, 24 Jan 1977, 8 (illus.). Resolved: Release in which this issue/RFE has been resolved. This painting won the Archibald Prize in 1976 and was acquired by the Gallery in 1977. 165-213, Kensington, 1979, 204 (colour illus. Barry Pearce, Head Curator of Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales said: 'this is an opportunity to bring together a selection of works influenced by, or in tune with, a special Asian aesthetic that began to infiltrate Australian visual culture during the 1960s, in particular the brushwork of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. Before this, his previous highest-selling work was The pond at Bundanon for A$649,500. Why did that particular work gain your attention? In 1959 he was awarded the Italian Government Travelling Art Scholarship, which was judged by Australian artist Russell Drysdale at the Art Gallery of NSW.