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Brett Whiteley Archive

Brett Whiteley is one of Australia's most renowned artists. He was born in Sydney in 1939 and grew up in Longueville in New South Wales. In 1960, Whiteley moved to London on a Travelling Art Scholarship and his work was displayed at the Whitechapel and Marlborough galleries. Whiteley's reputation grew internationally after winning the international prize at the International Biennale for Young Artists in 1962, and he had his first solo exhibition at the Matthiesen Gallery. In 1967 Whiteley won a scholarship to study and work in New York and became influenced by American Abstract Expressionist painters. During his time overseas, Whiteley's abstract and fluid style turned to figuration, and imagery of sex and violence became a popular motif in his paintings. He worked across the mediums of painting, sculpture and graphic work, and also experimented with collage, playing around with fibreglass and photographs. His work continued to be exhibited widely in Australia, France, Belgium and Italy. In 1969, Whiteley returned permanently to Australia and was one of the leading artists of the avant-garde movement. In the late 1970's, Whiteley won the Archibald, the Wynne and Sulman twice and in 1991 he was awarded the Order of Australia. Brett Whiteley died of a heroin overdose on June 15, 1992, aged 53.

SEPTEMBER 2, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Wendy Whiteley,...
By Alan Pryke
02 September, 1994
SEPTEMBER 2, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Wendy Whiteley,...
By Alan Pryke
02 September, 1994
SEPTEMBER 2, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Wendy Whiteley,...
By Alan Pryke
02 September, 1994
MAY 13, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Wendy Whiteley, former...
By Nick Cubbin
13 May, 1994
JUNE 19, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. Janice Spencer, partner...
By Matt Nettheim
19 June, 1992
JUNE 19, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. Janice Spencer, partner...
By Matt Nettheim
19 June, 1992
JUNE 19, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. Janice Spencer, partner...
By Matt Nettheim
19 June, 1992
JUNE 19, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. Janice Spencer, partner...
By Matt Nettheim
19 June, 1992
The Australian Front Page
JUNE 17, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. Front page from The...
By News Ltd
17 June, 1992
JUNE 16, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. The front door of...
By Anthony Weate
16 June, 1992
JUNE 16, 1992: WOLLONGONG, NSW. View of the Beach...
By Warren Kirby
16 June, 1992
JUNE 16, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. The front door of...
By Anthony Weate
16 June, 1992
JUNE 16, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. The front door of...
By Anthony Weate
16 June, 1992
JUNE 16, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. Two men stand outside...
By News Ltd
16 June, 1992
JUNE 16, 1992: WOLLONGONG, NSW. View of the Beach...
By Warren Kirby
16 June, 1992
JUNE 15, 1992: WOLLONGONG, NSW. The BMW beloning...
By Kirk Gilmour
15 June, 1992
JUNE 15, 1992: WOLLONGONG, NSW. View of the Beach...
By Kirk Gilmour
15 June, 1992
JUNE 15, 1992: WOLLONGONG, NSW. The BMW beloning...
By Kirk Gilmour
15 June, 1992
DECEMBER 5, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By Samantha Randall
05 December, 1991
APRIL 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By News Ltd
02 April, 1990
APRIL 2, 1990: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Artist Brett...
By News Ltd
02 April, 1990
APRIL 2, 1989: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By Ray Strange
02 April, 1989
APRIL 2, 1989: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By Ray Strange
02 April, 1989
JANUARY 25, 1989: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By Steve Moorhouse
25 January, 1989
APRIL 12, 1988: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Artist Brett...
By Frank Violi
12 April, 1988
DECEMBER 14, 1984: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By Bob Finlayson
14 December, 1984
DECEMBER 14, 1984: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By Bob Finlayson
14 December, 1984
JULY 14, 1984: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By John Burney
14 July, 1983
MARCH 6, 1983: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By Ken Matts
06 March, 1983
MAY 26, 1981: SYDNEY, NSW. Exterior view of the...
By Michael Jones
26 May, 1981
MARCH 6, 1981: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By Ken Matts
06 March, 1981
MARCH 6, 1983: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By Ken Matts
06 March, 1981
APRIL 2, 1979: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By Ray Strange
02 April, 1979
APRIL 2, 1989: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By Ray Strange
02 April, 1979
DECEMBER 16, 1978: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By Will Burgess
16 December, 1978
MARCH 1, 1977: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Artist Brett...
By News Ltd
01 March, 1977
JANUARY, 1977: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By News Ltd
01 January, 1977
JANUARY, 1977: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By News Ltd
01 January, 1977
SEPTEMBER, 1976: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Artist Brett...
By News Ltd
01 September, 1976
FEBRUARY 25, 1972: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By News Ltd
25 February, 1972
FEBRUARY 24, 1972: SYDNEY, NSW. Wendy Whiteley,...
By News Ltd
24 February, 1972
JUNE 15, 1970: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By News Ltd
15 June, 1970
CIRCA 1970: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By News Ltd
01 January, 1970
NOVEMBER 3, 1969: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By John Gasparotto
03 November, 1969
NOVEMBER 3, 1969: SYDNEY, NSW. Artist Brett Whiteley...
By John Gasparotto
03 November, 1969
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