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Artist Brett Whiteley

Famous Australian People - Brett Whiteley Biography

australian artist brett whiteleyBrett Whiteley is one of the most well know Australian painters of the twentieth century. The Sydney based artist created large whimsical paintings, drawings, and sculpture.

Whiteley's topics included nudes, portraits, landscapes, still lifes, birds, and abstracts.

Brett Whiteley was inspired by singers like Bob Dylan and lived the lifestyle of a rock star. He was married to the Beautiful Wendy Whiteley and lived hard and fast. Whiteley searched for a muse in drugs, just as many rock stars had done before him, but ultimately it was this lifestyle that shortened his life and career.

brett whiteley studio
Brett Whiteley Studio in Surrey Hills, Sydney

The Australian artist died from a drug overdose in a hotel in Thirroul, alone.

Famous Brett Whiteley Quotes about Art..

  • Art should astonish, transmute, transfix. One must work at the tissue between truth and paranoia.
    Brett Whiteley
  • The fine art of painting, which is the bastard of alchemy, always has been always will be, a game. The rules of the game are quite simple: in a given arena, on as many psychic fronts as the talent allows, one must visually describe, the centre of the meaning of existense.
    Brett Whiteley
  • Art is the thrilling spark that beats death - thats all.
    Brett Whiteley

Famous Paintings by Brett Whiteley..

Self Portrait in Studio
Art, Life and The Other Thing
Untitled Red Painting

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Australian Artist

Born : 7th of April, 1939
Name : Brett Whiteley
Famous for : Large semi-surreal landscapes, nudes, and views of Sydney.
Died : 15th of June, 1992

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