Named among the best books of 2016 in Readings, the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald
Written with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, and handsomely illustrated with classic Brett Whiteley artworks, rare notebook sketches and candid family photos, this acclaimed biography reveals for the first time the full portrait of Australia’s most celebrated artist.
‘Ashleigh Wilson’s new telling of Whiteley is a remarkable exercise in sustained authorial discipline…Wilson has given Whiteley the biography he deserves. Accommodating, even forgiving on occasion, but never indulgent. Engaged and attentive, unaffectedly interested in the artist, but not uncritical.’ - Sydney Morning Herald, Best Books of 2016
‘A full-dress life of Whiteley that speeds and soars and never ceases to do homage to the colossal confrontation and contradiction the artist represents…Wilson has written that rarest of things, a 400-page biography that is hard to put down…[It] will make you weep for this exasperation of a man and hunger for his art.’ - Australian, Best Books of 2016
‘Ashleigh Wilson has produced an intriguing, absorbing and assured account of Brett Whiteley’s life and work’. - Mark Knopfler