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Potts Point, 1958

pen and black ink, wash, on cream paper (glued to card)
signed lower right, BW/58
inscribed on the frame, No. 2624, Brett Whitelely Potts Point $250
Cyril’s Framing Studio label
Original 1970’s frame
21.5 cm x 29 cm

The City from Darling Harbour, circa 1957 to 1958, ink and watercolour
on paper, 22.8 cm x 41.9cm, The Art Gallery of New South Wales
Charlotte Lane 1957, oil on cardboard, 25 x 30 cm, illus. in McGrath, S.,
Brett Whiteley, Bay Books, Sydney, 1992, p.22

Purchased in the 1970’s from Rudy Komon Art Gallery, Sydney?
And then by decent, to a Sydney collector

Brett Whiteley discovered his passion for painting while he was still at high school in Bathurst. He left at 15, in 1956, and went to work as a self-taught commercial artist for Lintas advertising agency in Sydney, while occasionally attending sketching clubs and life drawing classes at both the Julian Ashton Art School and the National Art School in East Sydney.

Potts Point, 1958 is a strong, confident ink and water colour drawing from a 19-year-old honing his eye & skill. Whiteley and his fellow Lintas artist colleagues – including Michael Johnson and Max Cullen – would go on weekend drawing excursions in order to obtain a critique on the following Monday from senior Lintas staff. Darling Harbour and The Rocks were their favoured drawing sites.

Whiteley left his advertising job in 1959 specifically to create a body of work that he entered into the Italian Government Travelling Arts Scholarship. He submitted four paintings – Abstract Autumn, Dixon Street, July, and Around Bathurst – the painting that, won him the scholarship in 1960. Sir Russell Drysdale judged the scholarship. Whiteley was 20.

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