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Location: 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills
Perhaps known as one of Australia's most aggressive and outspoken artist is Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) whose artworks have become more than just paintings. His work has been a celebration of modern Australian art. Whiteley who was born in Paddington went abroad to study different forms of art, in particular he chose to study in New York and France.
His passing in 1992 marked the end of a great Australian painter but his works still live on in the form of a studio, opened by his widow wife, Akin. Visitors to the studio can glimpse at the world of Whiteley whose visions were often compared to a mad genius. A wide selection of Whiteley's works are on display while more can be found at the Art Gallery of NSW.
He has won the prestigious Archibald Prize (see Hyde Park - Archibald Fountain) in 1976, then again in 1978, the Sulman Prize in the same both years, and the Wynne Prize in 1977 and 1978. Highly prized and subject to a number of controversy, Whiteley's work is a milestone in Australian art history.
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