Avant-garde artist Brett Whiteley was born in Sydney, Australia in 1939. After finishing boarding school, he worked as a commercial artist for an advertising firm in Sydney. He also started taking drawing classes at the Julian Ashton Art School, and spent his time painting around New South Wales.
In 1959, Whiteley was awarded the Italian Government Travelling Art Scholarship, and spent the next several years living and working in Europe. He exhibited in many major European cities, such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, and London.
In 1969, he returned to Australia, and began working with an artists’ collective in Kings Cross called Yellow House.
Whiteley has won several awards for his work, including the Archibald Prize, the Sulman Prize, and the Wynne Prize.