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Brett Whiteley’s Australian masterpiece “The balcony 2”, showing Sydney Harbour as a seductive expanse of ultramarine
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Having spent 7 years in London (he still holds the distinction of being the youngest artist whose work has ever been purchased by the Tate, at 22 years old) Whiteley much admired the work of British artists William Scott and Roger Hilton, and then New York where he fell in with the Chelsea Hotel crowd; Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin and their friends, Whiteley brought a well-traveled, bohemian but well-referenced visual language back to his native country
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He was particularly entranced by Sydney Harbour, and the view from his home at Lavender Bay on the harbour’s north shore - he treated his works with a fresh colourism whilst retaining a deep-rooted and evident admiration for Matisse.
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Jørn Utzon’s recently completed Sydney Opera House is noticeably relegated to a few gestures in the top left corner
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Whiteley died young, at only 53, having suffered ill-health from copious drug-taking and alcoholic episodes, the effects of which he attempted to measure by creating paintings under the influence.
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