Brett Whiteley Essay

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Artists interact with the events and issues of their time and place and this is shown with Australian artist Brett Whiteley’s artwork series called “the Christie series”. Some of Whiteley’s artworks include “Head of Christie”, “Christie and Hectoria McLennan”, “10 Rillington Place” and “Christie and Kathleen Maloney”.

Brett Whiteley is an Australian artist paints his artworks in an abstract way. He was born on the 7th of April 1939 and he died on the 15 June 1992.Whiteley was a passionate artist who worked across a wide variety of media. Whiteley was a draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor and writer. His paintings during this time were influenced by the modern art of the sixties. He painted his wife Wendy in a series called “The Bathroom series”. This was to show her beauty within. In 1964 Whiteley became interested in the murders in which John Christie committed. Whiteley was staying within walking distance of 10 Rillington Place which is where the murders took place. He was also drank at the same pub as Christie. He research all about the murders by using newpaper articles, police reports and a wide range of evidence. Whiteley also liked to paint to paint Sydney Harbour views in the 1970’s. Whiteley became dependant on alcohol and became addicted to heroin leading to him having episodes of schizophrenia. His work output began to decline but the market value continued to climb. He tried to sober up off the alcohol and to get off the drugs but they were unsuccessful. In 1989 he got divorced from his wife Wendy. On the 15th of June Whiteley was found dead due to a heroin overdose. The event of the Christie’s murders and its issues influenced Whiteley to create the series based on the time and place, he was at.

John Reginald Halliday Christie lived in London when London was suffering from the horrors of World War 2.Christie had a Jekyll and Hyde personality and he had an IQ of 168(which is above the average as it is 120). Christie and his wife Ethel lived in 10...
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