Brett Whiteley was a painter from Australia. Brett Whiteley was born in Sydney, Australia in the year 1939.
Whiteley attended the Scots School Bathurst, and the Scots College Bellevue Hill.The artist attended the Julian Ashton Art School located in Sydney.
Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including watercolor, ink, oils, pastels, gouache, printmaking, and collage. Prices range from $5,000 to one million dollars.
Whiteley was heavily influenced by the Vietnam War. He cited the Vietnam War as a source for his work ,and for his own abuse of drugs and alcohol. The artist created a famous work based on Vietnam that was 72 feet long titled The American Dream, the work is mainly a collage of many photographs.
The artist stayed at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City. This was another great source of inspiration for the artist.
In this clip we visit Whiteley’s London studio when he was only 26 years of age:
Brett Whiteley passed away in 1993. He died from a heroin overdose. The artist was 53 years old.
Works by the artist can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Tate Gallery in London, England.
Brett Whiteley was a wonderful draftsman and painter. He was always creating interesting visual patterns for the eye in either landscape or figure work.