West of the Divide through Brett Whiteley’s eyes

Sofala (1958). Brett Whiteley

Sofala (1958). Brett Whiteley

By Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre proudly presents the major exhibition Brett Whiteley: West of the Divide.

Curated by Wendy Whiteley and the Art Gallery of NSW, this exhibition focuses on the enduring connection that Whiteley had with the region west of the Great Dividing Range and features 35 works including painting, sculpture and drawings that span three decades of the artist’s career.

Art Gallery of NSW currator of Australian art emeritus curator Barry Pearce said: “Although Brett Whiteley became master of a spectrum of subjects, from portraits and interiors to abstractions and figure compositions in which he excelled as a draftsman of the nude with compelling vitality, it is perhaps his landscapes which best encapsulate an ability to transport us through the spaces of his imagination.”

The Day Asia Got Born (1970). Brett Whiteley

The Day Asia Got Born (1970). Brett Whiteley

From his formative years as a student at Scots College, Bathurst, throughout his life, Brett Whiteley had a lasting connection with the Central Tablelands country of NSW.

Many of the works featured are rarely seen and provide a wonderful insight into the artistic development of Whiteley from his early career in the late 1950s through to the end of his life in the 1990s.

Brett Whiteley’s affinity with the landscape west of Sydney encompassing Oberon in the Blue Mountains to the Central Tablelands through Bathurst, Orange, Lucknow, Milthorpe, Carcoar, Sofala, Hill End and south to Marulan, is little documented in the many texts that have been written on his oeuvre, yet the artworks produced of and inspired by this region are some of the most magical.

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre director Paul Brinkman said: “This exhibition acknowledges the important role the Central West and greater Blue Mountainsregion played in the artistic development of one of Australia’s most recognised and celebrated artists and in doing so further interprets the rich artistic narrative of the region.”

Marulan Bird With Rocks (c 1980). Brett Whiteley

Marulan Bird With Rocks (c 1980). Brett Whiteley

Throughout the exhibition, an exciting range of public programs will be held at the cultural centre:

Friday, September 26, at 6pm: exhibition opening

Saturday, October 4, at 2pm: In Conversation: Blackheath Portraits +2. Join photographer Graham McCarter and Curator Rilka Oakley for an insight into the exhibition and McCarter’s photographs of Brett Whiteley.

Friday, October 24, at 6pm: Artist talk with Peter Kingston, who will discuss his experimental film project featuring Brett Whiteley.

Bookings for all programs essential: info@bluemountainsculturalcentre.com or (02) 4780 5410.

Brett Whiteley: West of the Divide opens at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke St, Katoomba, on Friday 26 September and runs until Sunday 30 November. Cost: $5 adults, $3 concession, free cultural centre members and under-16. Details: http://Brett Whiteley: West of the Divide opens at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke St, Katoomba, on Friday 26 September and runs until Sunday 30 November. Cost: $5 adults, $3 concession, free cultural centre members and under-16. Details: www.bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au.

Summer by the River of Plums. Brett Whiteley

Summer by the River of Plums. Brett Whiteley

 

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