Brett whiteley art life and the other thing
Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing by Ashleigh WilsonWhen he died in 1992 Brett Whiteley left behind decades of ceaseless activity—some works bound to a particular place or time, others that are masterpieces of light and line.
Whiteley had arrived in Europe in 1960 determined to make an impression. Before long he was the youngest artist to have work acquired by the Tate. With his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Arkie, Whiteley then immersed himself in bohemian New York. But within two years he fled, having failed to break through.
Back in Sydney, he soon became Australia’s most celebrated artist. He won the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes in the same year—his prices soared, as did his fame. Among his friends were Francis Bacon and Patrick White, Billy Connolly and Dire Straits. Yet addiction was taking its toll: Whiteley struggled in vain to separate his talent from his disease, and an inglorious end approached.
Written with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, and handsomely illustrated with classic Whiteley artworks, rare notebook sketches and candid family photos, this dazzling biography reveals for the first time the full portrait of a mercurial artist.
Brett Whiteley's paintings were deeply influenced by music and poetry, Wendy Whiteley tells Andrew Ford. Brett Whiteley needs no introduction. He was one of Australia's greatest artists. A rebel. An icon.
When Brett Whiteley and his family arrived back in Sydney permanently at the end of after a decade abroad, his reputation with illicit drugs preceded him .
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Sasha Grishin. By the age of twenty, many of the stars in the life of Brett Whiteley had come into alignment.
Art, Life, and the other thing is an Archibald Prize -winning painting by Australian artist Brett Whiteley   which combines three different media in a triptych. The middle canvas depicts Brett Whiteley himself standing side-on to the onlooker, his head in motion and his hands grasping. In one hand, a black-and-white image of Joshua Smith by William Dobell ; in the other, a paint brush, as he is painting this picture. His body runs vertically to the canvas with the left hand side being almost empty. The features of the figure are disoriented and exaggerated especially in the head, where Whiteley is showing movement. Because of this movement, the head appears very abstract. The arms, legs and torso are unrealistically long and lanky.
When Brett Whiteley and his family arrived back in Sydney permanently at the end of after a decade abroad, his reputation with illicit drugs preceded him spectacularly. That year he got the trifecta, awarded all three prizes including the Wynne and Sulman. Almost too brutally honest, it seemed like the final flaring of a dying star. Many who were close to Whiteley, then aged thirty-nine, felt sure he would not survive beyond forty. However he did survive for another fourteen years, finally succumbing fatally to his addiction in a motel room at Thirroul on the south coast of New South Wales in Painting , Photograph , Collage.