Brett Whiteley
drawing is everything

15 Dec 2018 – 31 Mar 2019

Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery

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Looks at the central place of drawing in Brett Whiteley’s art

A precocious talent for drawing set Whiteley on the path of an extraordinary career as one of Australia’s best-known artists. Drawing lay at the very heart of everything he did – from painting to sculpture to prints – and was fundamental to his imaginative and creative process.

This is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the central place of drawing in Whiteley’s work. Drawn primarily from the Art Gallery of NSW and the Brett Whiteley Studio collections, it includes key drawings, paintings and sculptures, with loans from private collections, that emphasise the power of drawing in Whiteley’s practice. These rarely seen works range from early images of Sydney and Europe to the great abstracts that brought him international fame in the 1960s, as well as the lyrical landscapes, portraits, interiors and nudes that established him as one of the most prominent and well-loved Australian artists of the 20th century.

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Image: Brett Whiteley Lindfield gardens II 1984 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Wendy Whiteley