A selection of curated works by Australian artist Brett Whiteley will open at the Glowing Structures Gallery Thursday 15th June. The exhibition will feature over 35 paintings and drawings from the artist’s career.
Whiteley was one of the most important and influential artists of his generation. His work is characterized by its bold use of color, its sensuality, and its exploration of the human condition. The exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of Whiteley’s work, from his early abstract paintings to his later figurative works.
The exhibition is a collaboration between fine arts dealer Look Art and internationally award-winning lighting designers, Glowing Structures. The works have been carefully curated and displayed to create a stunning and immersive experience that will allow you to see Whiteley’s work in a whole new light. The team at Glowing Structures explore ways in which the characteristics of form, texture and colour are enhanced, maximising the potential of each piece through the use of bespoke lighting solutions.
The exhibition is a must-see for anyone interested in Australian art or the history of modern art. The exhibition will be on view from 15th June to 13th July with an opening event held Thursday 15th June 5pm – 8pm.
Brett Whiteley (7 April 1939 – 15 June 1992) was an Australian artist who is considered one of the most important and influential artists of his generation. Praised for his originality, technical skill, and ability to capture the essence of the Australian experience, his work is known for its bold colors, dynamic compositions, and exploration of themes such as identity, sexuality, and the Australian landscape.
Whiteley was born in Sydney in 1939 and studied art at the Julian Ashton Art School and the Royal Art Society of New South Wales. He travelled extensively throughout his career, living in London, New York, and Bali. Whiteley’s work has been exhibited in major galleries around the world, and he is represented in the collections of many important museums, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, and the Tate Gallery in London.
Whiteley achieved domestic and international recognition early in his career in the 1960s. His Matisse influenced paintings of domestic interiors and Sydney Harbour remain enduring images. He was several times awarded the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes.
Praised for his originality, technical skill, and ability to capture the essence of the Australian experience, Whitley’s works have been exhibited and sold worldwide, and currently holds top ranking for the most expensive works by an Australian artist sold at auction – an impressive $6.136 million AUD.
Whiteley died in 1992 at the age of 53. His legacy continues to inspire and influence artists around the world.
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KEY THEMES IN WHITELEYS WORKS
Identity: Whiteley was fascinated by the idea of identity and how it is shaped by our experiences, relationships, and environment. His paintings often feature self-portraits or portraits of other people, and he often explored the ways in which our identities are fluid and ever-changing.
Sexuality: Whiteley was also interested in the subject of sexuality, and his paintings often feature nude figures or erotic imagery. He was not afraid to explore taboo subjects, and his work often challenged traditional notions of morality and sexuality.
The Australian landscape: Whiteley was deeply connected to the Australian landscape, and his paintings often feature Australian scenes. He was particularly interested in the Australian bush, and his paintings often capture the beauty and mystery of the Australian wilderness.
Whiteley’s work is a powerful and evocative exploration of the human condition. His paintings are full of life, energy, and emotion, and they continue to be admired by audiences around the world.
Glowing Structures is a passionate team of internationally award winning designers, creating bespoke and architectural lighting designs and installations for the built environment.
Of the many facets of design we are involved in, the creative lighting of art, form and sculpture is an area we are extremely passionate about. In February 2022 Glowing Structures launched what we believe is a world first creative art gallery celebrating light.
The Gallery is a place in which local artists and designers can collaborate to use the tools of light to enhance and embellish both art and everyday pieces alike.
Explore ways in which the characteristics of form, texture and colour are enhanced, maximising the potential of each piece through the use of a bespoke lighting solution.
We showcase various artists, lighting techniques and creative concepts and welcome all creatives and visitors to experience the gallery and explore how lighting can be used to alter one’s perception of a space or piece. A place where trial and error are part of the journey, having fun and celebrating light and new discoveries!
Look Art Consulting is passionate about matching the right piece to the right person, Paul Auckett is determined in his pursuit for delivering an exemplary customer experience.
Whilst loving the piece is paramount, art can also be an asset and it is this aspect which corresponds well with clients wanting build their collections based on relevant strategic advice. Paul launched Look Art Consulting in 1998, being one of the very first online art dealers in Australia and has been specialising in Australian modern and contemporary fine art ever since.
His innovative thinking and sound market recommendations have afforded him an excellent reputation as a leading Art Dealer and Consultant. Having gained extensive experience within the realm of buying and selling fine art through auctions and privately, Paul has extensive expertise across a variety of disciplines. So it is with broad consulting capability, that he provides a wide range of services, including: fine art valuation, strategic counsel, market analysis, artwork procurement and sales, along with selling works on consignment.