4 Oct 2013 – 18 May 2014
Location: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
Landscapes are key to our understanding of Australian art. Brett Whiteley immersed himself in both urban and rural landscapes from his early years, and it was a constant theme throughout his artistic practice, whether in intimate studies or large poetic paintings.
Whiteley’s works combine elements of abstraction and realism in a lyrical and expressive manner. He fused an Asian aesthetic of perspective with a European sensibility to create a unique floating sensual landscape, with birds, nests, trees, rocks and rivers inhabiting a world founded on place and set in imagination and feeling.
Whiteley redefined the way we see the Australian landscape, becoming one of our most celebrated 20th-century painters with his interpretations and moods of the countryside.
Closed 18 & 25 April
Free admission made possible by J.P. Morgan
For education groups
Wed & Thu
Image: Brett Whiteley To Yirrawalla 1972, purchased by the New South Wales State Government 1994, transferred to the Gallery 1998 © Wendy Whiteley