Brett Whiteley and Francis Bacon
Talks at the Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
Having spent much of the 1960s in London, Brett Whiteley knew Francis Bacon personally and remained intensely fascinated with Bacon’s work throughout his career. The two met through Bryan Robertson, the director of the Whitechapel Gallery, in London in 1961. Later on Robertson wrote, “[Francis] and Brett took to each other, talked and argued all evening and kept up a lively friendship over the years. This was a mentoring that would continue into the 1970s.” From that time on, Whiteley’s London works were heavily indebted to Bacon’s motifs.
Discover more about this relationship with free talks and a visit to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills where Whiteley’s work from his London years are currently on display.
A free shuttle bus will loop between the Art Gallery of NSW and the Brett Whiteley Studio from 11am to 4pm on 12 & 19 January.
Image: Brett Whiteley Woman in bath 1963, re-worked 1964. Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 2000 © Wendy Whiteley