The London years 1960–67

Explores Brett Whiteley’s art and life from 1960 to 1967 when he was largely based in London.

Art Exhibition previously on at Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Saturday 30 March 2013 to Sunday 07 April 2013

Small Christie painting no 2 image Woman in bath image

Published by Art Gallery of New South Wales on Monday 04 February 2013.
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Key abstract works from this period as well as paintings from his Bathroom, Christie and London Zoo series, and the Endlessnessism monoprints of conversations with the artist Francis Bacon are featured in this exhibition at the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills.

This remarkable body of work displays all the dexterity, imagination and ambition of a prodigious talent still in his 20s.

After winning the Italian Government’s Travelling Art Scholarship in 1959, Whiteley spent six months in Italy before arriving in England with a folio of studies and drawings to approach art galleries. For the next seven years, his output was prolific and he continually challenged himself technically and in subject matter. The results are still astonishing half a century after their conception.