Brett Whiteley was the painter that pulled the curtain back for me. Before Brett Whiteley I thought painting was either boring old portraits, pretty landscapes, or weird stuff that I didn’t understand. His was the first art book that I ever bought and I still have it today, even if it is a little beat up and paint spattered.
Anyway, I went to a Brett Whiteley exhibition today called “9 Shades of Whiteley” at the Newcastle Region Art Gallery. It’s like a mini-retrospective of his career that touches on all of his big themes or periods.
It took me back about 16 years to when I was a 17 year old falling in love with his art for the first time. He got me hooked on art and I have been a hardcore user ever since.
There’s an education kit here in PDF format for those that want to learn about the artist. See the official Brett Whiteley website here (his studio is worth a visit in Sydney too). Here’s a larger image of the man himself, Self Portrait in the Studio.