Whiteley. The name says it all. In a mere two syllables an anthology of Australian artistic icons was born. Brett Whiteley is undoubtedly one of our most celebrated and revered artists. His impact on our culture is profound and continues to resonate long after his death.
The NGV’s latest exhibition, ‘Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions’, draws comparisons with fellow Australian artist, George Baldessin. The exhibit explores the artists’ work in the context of what it is to be human in an urban environment at a time of tension, while also celebrating the human spirit.
To hallmark the exhibition we custom printed Whiteley’s 1975 work, ‘Evening coming in on Sydney Harbour’, onto diaphanous silk chiffon with hand-rolled hems. Sydney harbour’s inky waters ripple and swell upon its generous size, with glimpses of the Harbour Bridge appearing every now and then in Whiteley’s characteristic brushstrokes. Like his art, this scarf has longevity.
Subtle nuances in colour and subject make it perfect for both day and night. We can only imagine the sense of pride one must feel to hang a Whiteley, but to wear one? Just think of the thrill when people ask: “Whose scarf is that?”, to which you respond: “It’s a Whiteley!”
For more info on Skarfe’s custom printing services email email@example.com or if you’d like a Whiteley scarf of your own, contact the NGV Store.