An image of Self portrait in the studio

Brett Whiteley

(Australia, England 07 Apr 1939 – 15 Jun 1992)

Self portrait in the studio

Location
Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
Further information

Similar to Brett Whiteley’s other major paintings of this period, 'Self-portrait in the studio' exudes a sense of sumptuous living and the liquid presence of the harbour through what he called ‘the ecstasy-like effect of Ultramarine blue’. Whiteley’s tiny mirror self-portrait also reflects the influence of Eastern art in his portrayal of man as merely part of a larger landscape. However, this painting also hints at a darker side, as Wendy Whiteley explained in 1995:

... he was warning himself and other people watching. It was the cage of his interior, his addiction, the window or a glimpse of possible escape into paradise: the escape from one’s psyche.

His last studio and home – 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills in Sydney – is now a museum managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Place of origin
Lavender Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year
1976
Media
Painting
Medium
oil, collage, hair on canvas
Dimensions
200.5 x 259.0 cm stretcher; 210.5 x 268.5 x 5.7 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., black ink "brett whiteley/ 1975-76/ ...". Signed and dated upper c. verso, black fibre-tipped pen ".../ brett whiteley/ 1975-76/ ...".
Credit
Purchased 1977
Accession number
1.1977
Copyright
© Wendy Whiteley