BRETT WHITELEY: Drawing is Everything

At the heart of Brett Whiteley’s extraordinary career was an exceptional talent for drawing. 

Drawing underpinned everything he did – from painting to sculpture to prints – and was fundamental to his imaginative and creative process. Whiteley’s drawing is richly expressive and his bold mastery of line is instantly recognisable. 

This major exhibition from the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the first to explore the central place of drawing in Whiteley’s practice, featuring rarely seen early works from Sydney and Europe through to the great abstracts that brought Whiteley international fame in the 1960s. Also featured are drawings of the Bathurst region, lyrical landscapes, portraits, interiors and nudes and the iconic imagery of Sydney’s Lavender Bay, offering a journey through the career that established him as one of the most prominent Australian artists of the 20th century. 

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to discover the very foundations of Whiteley’s creativity and process, as showcased in a collection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures suffused with the unmistakable personality of the great Australian master. 

A suite of exciting programs will be delivered throughout the exhibition period including artist-led sketch sessions, a wine tasting led by local winemaker, Sam Renzaglia, exploring several regions in Whiteley’s drawings, exhibition tours, and a self-guided tour of the Central West exploring areas depicted by Whiteley’s artworks with suggestions for activities and must-see locations. 

Brett Whiteley: Drawing is Everything will be on display at BRAG from Saturday 20 November 2021 until Sunday 6 February 2022 and exhibition entry is free. 

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Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays 10am – 2pm, closed Monday. Donations are encouraged on entry to see the Whiteley exhibition. 

For media enquiries contact: Julian Woods, Audience Engagement Officer, 02 6333 6151, julian.woods@

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