By Ashleigh Wilson
When he died in 1992 Brett Whiteley left in the back of a long time of ceaseless activity—some works certain to a selected position or time, others which are masterpieces of sunshine and line.
Whiteley had arrived in Europe in 1960 made up our minds to make an impact. sooner than lengthy he used to be the youngest artist to have paintings obtained by means of the Tate. together with his spouse, Wendy, and daughter, Arkie, Whiteley then immersed himself in bohemian ny. yet inside of years he fled, having did not holiday through.
again in Sydney, he quickly turned Australia’s so much celebrated artist. He gained the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes within the comparable year—his costs soared, as did his popularity. between his pals have been Francis Bacon and Patrick White, Billy Connolly and Dire Straits. but habit was once taking its toll: Whiteley struggled in useless to split his expertise from his sickness, and an inglorious finish approached.
Written with unparalleled behind-the-scenes entry, and handsomely illustrated with vintage Whiteley artistic endeavors, infrequent computer sketches and candid family members pictures, this amazing biography finds for the 1st time the complete portrait of a mercurial artist.
Ashleigh Wilson has been a journalist for nearly twenty years. He begun his occupation on the Australian in Sydney prior to spending numerous years in Brisbane, overlaying every little thing from country politics to the Hollingworth trouble to indigenous affairs. He then moved north to turn into the paper's Darwin correspondent, a posting bookended via the Falconio homicide trial and the Howard government’s intervention in distant Aboriginal groups. in the course of that point he gained a Walkley Award for stories on unethical behaviour within the Aboriginal paintings undefined, a chain that resulted in a Senate inquiry. He lower back to Sydney in 2008 and has been the paper’s Arts Editor given that 2011. He lives in Sydney.
‘Ashleigh Wilson has produced an exciting, soaking up and warranted account of Brett Whiteley’s existence and work’. Mark Knopfler
‘With relentless precision, Ashleigh Wilson has supplied a peerless take hold of of the existence and genius of Brett Whiteley. This storied trip of 1 of Australia’s so much mercurial twentieth-century artists should be very unlikely for the reader to place apart till it truly is complete. it's the dispassionate biography Whiteley has lengthy wanted: a occupation clarified from the intense clouds of myth.’ Barry Pearce, Emeritus Curator of Australian artwork on the artwork Gallery of NSW
‘[Wilson brings] his topic to lifestyles in a fast moving, exciting way…Clever number of detail…An very good 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 demanding to place down…[It] will make you weep for this exasperation of a guy and starvation for his art.’ Australian
‘An crucial and precious source for any Whiteley scholar...Wilson’s success is considerable...Ashleigh Wilson’s Brett Whiteley: artwork, existence and the opposite Thing is a benchmark e-book in Whiteley studies.’ Sydney overview of Books
‘Ashleigh Wilson’s new telling of Whiteley is a striking workout in sustained authorial discipline…Wilson has given Whiteley the biography he merits. Accommodating, even forgiving occasionally, yet by no means indulgent. Engaged and attentive, unaffectedly drawn to the artist, yet no longer uncritical.’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘This new publication is an engrossing examine the existence, inventive improvement and individual in the back of the enfant negative of the spotlight.’ most sensible artwork & layout Books of 2016, Readings
‘The top biography I learn [this yr] 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