Lavender Bay was the location of the home studio Brett shared with his wife Wendy and their daughter Arkie. Whiteley said that he liked to have his studio at home because "my best work is usually the last thing I've done at night, and the first on waking next morning."
Conceived in his artistic prime, ‘Self Portrait in Studio’ exemplifies one of Australia’s greatest artists. Both genius and tragic figure, Brett Whiteley keenly felt life. In this work, he balances melancholy with ecstasy, saturating the scene with Ultramarine blue - a palette gleaned from the nearby Lavender Bay. Caught by his reflection, this work also alludes to Whiteley’s internal conflict. Painted in the midst of a heroin addiction, Wendy Whiteley has described her ex-husband’s work as a window into "the cage of his interior, his addiction… a glimpse of possible escape into paradise: the escape from one’s psyche."
‘Self Portrait in Studio’ won the Archibald Prize in 1976 and is in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Brett WHITELEY (1939 - 1992)
'Self Portrait in Studio'
Reproduction print on paper
Image Size: 48 x 62 cm
Dimensions: 70 x 100 cm
Condition: image is excellent