He was made Officer of the Order of Australia in 1991.
The whole opus of Brett Whiteley represents astonishing and prolific journey into the depths of human psyche.
The Tate Gallery purchased his “Red Painting” from that exhibit, making him the youngest artist so honoured by the gallery.
Francis Bacon, whose portrait he painted in 1972, Whiteley abandoned his early abstract style in favour of a more figurative Expressionism.
The intensity of colors, unusual composition, and selection of motifs suggest the artist’s superb draftsmanship.
Nevertheless, in order to understand the conceptual side of Whiteley’s work it is necessary to enter the realm of esotericism and higher state of consciousness.
The influence of modernist British painters of the 60’s William Scott and Roger Hilton is rather notable in those works.
The bathings are actually portraits of his wife Wendy in a bathtub from behind.
His best-known works of the 1960s included a series of paintings inspired by the British mass murderer John Christie.
After visiting the United States and Fiji in the mid-1960s, Whiteley returned to Australia and created a series of Expressionist landscapes.