When he died in 1992 Brett Whiteley left in the back of many years 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 decided to make an impact. earlier than lengthy he was once the youngest artist to have paintings received by means of the Tate. along 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 grew to become Australia’s such a lot celebrated artist. He received the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes within the similar year—his costs soared, as did his status. between his buddies 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 affliction, and an inglorious finish approached.
Written with extraordinary behind-the-scenes entry, and handsomely illustrated with vintage Whiteley works of art, infrequent pc sketches and candid relatives images, this awesome biography unearths for the 1st time the complete portrait of a mercurial artist.
Ashleigh Wilson has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He all started his occupation on the Australian in Sydney earlier than spending a number of years in Brisbane, masking every little thing from country politics to the Hollingworth problem 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 experiences on unethical behaviour within the Aboriginal paintings undefined, a sequence that resulted in a Senate inquiry. He again to Sydney in 2008 and has been the paper’s Arts Editor given that 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 grab of the lifestyles 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 until eventually it's comprehensive. it's the dispassionate biography Whiteley has lengthy wanted: a profession clarified from the intense clouds of myth.’ Barry Pearce, Emeritus Curator of Australian paintings on the paintings Gallery of NSW
‘[Wilson brings] his topic to existence 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 immense war of words and contradiction the artist represents…Wilson has written that rarest of items, a 400-page biography that's difficult to place down…[It] will make you weep for this exasperation of a guy and starvation for his art.’ Australian
‘An crucial and beneficial source for any Whiteley scholar...Wilson’s fulfillment is considerable...Ashleigh Wilson’s Brett Whiteley: artwork, existence and the opposite Thing is a benchmark book in Whiteley studies.’ Sydney overview of Books
‘Ashleigh Wilson’s new telling of Whiteley is a impressive workout in sustained authorial discipline…Wilson has given Whiteley the biography he merits. Accommodating, even forgiving sometimes, yet by no means indulgent. Engaged and attentive, unaffectedly drawn to the artist, yet now not uncritical.’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘This new booklet is an engrossing examine the existence, creative improvement and individual in the back of the enfant poor of the spotlight.’ top artwork & layout Books of 2016, Readings
‘The top biography I learn [this yr] used to be Ashleigh Wilson’s Brett Whiteley: artwork, lifestyles and the opposite Thing…Combines journalistic rigour and private compassion his landmark account of 1 of our best artists.’ Australian