BRETT WHITELEY: Drawing is Everything
20 November 2021 – 6 February 2022
At the heart of Brett Whiteley’s extraordinary career was an exceptional talent for drawing.
Drawing underpinned everything he did – from painting to sculpture to prints – and was fundamental to his imaginative and creative process. Whiteley’s drawing is richly expressive and his bold mastery of line is instantly recognisable.
This major exhibition from the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the first to explore the central place of drawing in Whiteley’s practice, featuring rarely seen early works from Sydney and Europe through to the great abstracts that brought Whiteley international fame in the 1960s. Also featured are drawings of the Bathurst region, lyrical landscapes, portraits, interiors and nudes and the iconic imagery of Sydney’s Lavender Bay, offering a journey through the career that established him as one of the most prominent Australian artists of the 20th century.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to discover the very foundations of Whiteley’s creativity and process, as showcased in a collection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures suffused with the unmistakable personality of the great Australian master.
An Art Gallery of New South Wales and Brett Whiteley Studio touring exhibition.
Images (L to R): GREG WEIGHT Portrait of Brett Whiteley 1976, National Library of Australia © Greg Weight. BRETT WHITELEY Self portrait in the studio 1976, oil, collage, hair on canvas, 200.5 x 259 cm. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Purchased 1977. © Wendy Whiteley. Photo: AGNSW. BRETT WHITELEY Fish River near Carcoar 1980, brush and black ink, collage, 109.5 x 71 cm. Brett Whiteley Studio Collection, © Wendy Whiteley. Photo: AGNSW.