By Ashleigh Wilson
When he died in 1992 Brett Whiteley left at the back of a long time of ceaseless activity—some works absolute to a specific position or time, others which are masterpieces of sunshine and line.
Whiteley had arrived in Europe in 1960 decided to make an influence. earlier than lengthy he used to be the youngest artist to have paintings received through the Tate. together with his spouse, Wendy, and daughter, Arkie, Whiteley then immersed himself in bohemian long island. yet inside years he fled, having did not holiday through.
again in Sydney, he quickly turned Australia’s such a lot celebrated artist. He gained the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes within the related year—his costs soared, as did his reputation. between his buddies have been Francis Bacon and Patrick White, Billy Connolly and Dire Straits. but dependancy used to be taking its toll: Whiteley struggled in useless to split his expertise from his affliction, and an inglorious finish approached.
Written with extraordinary behind-the-scenes entry, and handsomely illustrated with vintage Whiteley artistic endeavors, infrequent workstation sketches and candid kinfolk photographs, this stunning biography finds for the 1st time the whole portrait of a mercurial artist.
Ashleigh Wilson has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He started his profession on the Australian in Sydney sooner than spending numerous years in Brisbane, overlaying every little thing from kingdom politics to the Hollingworth main issue to indigenous affairs. He then moved north to develop into the paper's Darwin correspondent, a posting bookended by means of the Falconio homicide trial and the Howard government’s intervention in distant Aboriginal groups. in the course of that point he received a Walkley Award for reviews on unethical behaviour within the Aboriginal paintings undefined, a chain that ended in a Senate inquiry. He lower back to Sydney in 2008 and has been the paper’s Arts Editor due to the fact 2011. He lives in Sydney.
‘Ashleigh Wilson has produced an interesting, soaking up and guaranteed account of Brett Whiteley’s existence and work’. Mark Knopfler
‘With relentless precision, Ashleigh Wilson has supplied a peerless clutch of the existence and genius of Brett Whiteley. This storied trip of 1 of Australia’s so much mercurial twentieth-century artists might be very unlikely for the reader to place apart till it's comprehensive. it's the dispassionate biography Whiteley has lengthy wanted: a occupation clarified from the intense clouds of myth.’ Barry Pearce, Emeritus Curator of Australian paintings on the artwork Gallery of NSW
‘[Wilson brings] his topic to lifestyles in a fast paced, exciting way…Clever number of detail…An first-class biography.’ Books+Publishing
‘A full-dress lifetime of Whiteley that speeds and soars and not ceases to do homage to the big war of words and contradiction the artist represents…Wilson has written that rarest of items, a 400-page biography that's not easy to place down…[It] will make you weep for this exasperation of a guy and starvation for his art.’ Australian
‘An crucial and necessary source for any Whiteley scholar...Wilson’s success is considerable...Ashleigh Wilson’s Brett Whiteley: paintings, lifestyles and the opposite Thing is a benchmark ebook in Whiteley studies.’ Sydney evaluation of Books
‘Ashleigh Wilson’s new telling of Whiteley is a amazing workout in sustained authorial discipline…Wilson has given Whiteley the biography he merits. Accommodating, even forgiving once in a while, yet by no means indulgent. Engaged and attentive, unaffectedly attracted to the artist, yet no longer uncritical.’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘This new e-book is an engrossing examine the lifestyles, creative improvement and individual in the back of the enfant bad of the spotlight.’ most sensible artwork & layout Books of 2016, Readings
‘The top biography I learn [this 12 months] used to be Ashleigh Wilson’s Brett Whiteley: paintings, existence and the opposite Thing…Combines journalistic rigour and private compassion his landmark account of 1 of our best artists.’ Australian
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