Brett Whiteley influences

The influences on Brett Whiteley’s art and life were many and varied, from writers and poets to musicians and photographers, painters and art history to places and cultures.

Art Exhibition previously on at Art Gallery of New South Wales in New South Wales, Australia.
From Saturday 26 March 2016 to Monday 15 August 2016

Brett Whiteley 
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Published by Art Gallery of New South Wales on Thursday 15 October 2015.
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Whiteley’s early years in Sydney – with its harbour and beaches – and the central west of NSW – where he attended boarding school in Bathurst – left an indelible mark on him, as would Paris, Italy, Tangier, Japan and New York in his adult life. When he was a teenager, his mother took him to see an exhibition by the Australian artist Lloyd Rees at Macquarie Galleries in Sydney, which would also have an enormous impact.

Pop art, surrealism, the great 20th-century British painter Francis Bacon, and brush-and-ink drawings and floating landscapes of the Japanese and Chinese masters all added layers of influence to Whiteley’s art practice.