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Brett Whiteley Studio

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by Janelle (subscribe)
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Published April 12th 2017
Enter The World of an Artist
Brett Whitely studio, art, history, Sydney
The studio entrance (image from Facebook page)



The studio was the workplace and home of Australian artist Brett Whiteley Studio (1939-1992). It offers a unique perspective on the artist's productive and troubled life, as well as changing exhibitions of his works.

Brett Whitely, art, landscape, Australia, beauty
Summer by the river of plums 1985-1986 (image from website)


The warehouse was bought in 1985 and converted into a studio and exhibition place. Brett worked and lived here from 1987 to 1992. The space is atmospheric particularly upstairs where unfinished works and his paints and tools sit where he left them. Also of interest are the reference books, graffiti wall and various collections that are scattered around the room.

Brett Whitely, art, collections, life, history
A wall of collections (image from Facebook page)


The current exhibit 'naked' running until May 14 is full of pieces that are interesting and at times confronting in their sexuality. The artworks are sensuous and sensual and you can see the depths of his love for his main muse, ex-wife Wendy Whitely. I feel that most of these works are too heavy for young children to see (unless you want to spend the rest of the day giving a sex education lesson).

Brett Whitely, art, nudity, form, beauty, exhibition
Two works from 'naked' (image from website)


Life drawing classes are held on Saturdays from 9:30am-12:30pm. $240 for a six week course, 2hrs a week or $50 per week on a drop-in basis. When classes are on there is limited access to the ground floor exhibits. On Wednesdays and Thursdays it is available for educational bookings (charges apply and bookings are required).

Brett Whitely, artist, art, studio, history
Whitely at work (from Facebook page)


The Art Gallery of NSW has managed the studio as a museum since 1995 and free admission has been made possible by the sponsorship of JP Morgan. The studio can be hired for functions such as lecture and book launches. It holds 60 people and catering can be arranged with local businesses.
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Why? You are interested in the art of Brett Whitely
When: Public admission Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 10am - 4pm
Phone: 02 9225 1881
Where: 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills NSW
Cost: Free
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