Brett Whiteley
sculptures and ceramics

5 Jun – 6 Dec 2015

Fri–Sun only


Location: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Free admission

Sculpture is one of the most important but least recognised aspects of Brett Whiteley’s oeuvre. Employing a diversity of materials – wood, bronze, plaster, ceramics, fibreglass and found objects – Whiteley created startlingly expressive three-dimensional works largely inspired by his love of nature and its animate forms.

He stated that his interest in sculpture came from its dialogue with or 'bounce between’ painting. The two mediums constantly informed each other, with discoveries in one finding their expression in the other.

Brett Whiteley: sculptures and ceramics explores this vital relationship, showing Whiteley’s extraordinary gift for form was not limited to the pencil and brush, but extended into the transmutation of matter. Giraffes, sharks, pelicans and wrens populate the exhibition space, as well as sensitive, curvilinear distortions of the human figure.

Fri–Sun only


Free admission made possible by J.P. Morgan

For education groups
Wed & Thu
Bookings required
Charges apply

Image: Brett Whiteley Totem II (tan female) 1978-88 (detail) © Wendy Whiteley