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Brett Whiteley: Drawing is Everything

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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: Drawing is Everything

31 Jul 2021 - 31 Oct 2021


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 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.


Image: 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.

Gallery Details

Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street
Bendigo VIC 3550
T: 03 5434 6088
E: bendigoartgallery@bendigo.vic.gov.au
W: www.bendigoartgallery.com.au

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm
(except Christmas Day)
Tours of the permanent collection daily at 2pm
Entry by donation

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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.