During the 1970s, Brett Whiteley created works that responded not just to his own environment but to the changes occurring socially and within the arts.
Early in this decade, he painted Alchemy 1972-73, a self-portrait and an external response to all he had experienced both nationally and internationally, including the Vietnam War and cultural shifts in Australian politics. By the mid 70s, Lavender Bay became Whiteley’s home and his lyrical response to Sydney harbour typified the beauty of place and sense of identity.
Delving into the Asian aesthetic, he was also exploring expansive landscapes and providing new insight into an Australia of vast contrasts. This was the decade when he won the Archibald Prize twice and also became the first artist to be awarded the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes in the same year.
Works from across the 1970s are included in this exhibition at the Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills.