02 May, 2009

Brett Whiteley Exhibition

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Brett Whiteley was the painter that pulled the curtain back for me. Before Brett Whiteley I thought painting was either boring old portraits, pretty landscapes, or weird stuff that I didn’t understand. His was the first art book that I ever bought and I still have it today, even if it is a little beat up and paint spattered.

Anyway, I went to a Brett Whiteley exhibition today called “9 Shades of Whiteley” at the Newcastle Region Art Gallery. It’s like a mini-retrospective of his career that touches on all of his big themes or periods.

It took me back about 16 years to when I was a 17 year old falling in love with his art for the first time. He got me hooked on art and I have been a hardcore user ever since.

Brett Whiteley Exhibition
Brett Whiteley – The 15 great dog pisses of Paris 1989
(He obviously had a sense of humor)

Brett Whiteley Sydney Painting
Brett Whiteley – Big orange (sunset) 1974
(This painting wasn’t in the Newcastle exhibition)

Brett Whiteley John Christie Painting
Brett Whiteley – Christie 1965
(This painting is from the UK serial killer John Christie series)

Brett Whiteley Nude in Bath
Brett Whiteley – Woman in bath 1963 (reworked 1964)
(This painting wasn’t in the Newcastle exhibition)

There’s an education kit here in PDF format for those that want to learn about the artist. See the official Brett Whiteley website here (his studio is worth a visit in Sydney too).

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