From: Red Jones
Date: 19 April 2005
Whiteley is Australia's Basquiat. Died young, sort of sexy, celebrity. He's not that well known UK way. His paintings look like the Gerald Scarfe end of Francis Bacon. Which is why he's not a international legend like Basquiat. The book is nice and easy to use, b&w photos of afro haired brett in the front, then some essays and an interview with his wife, then lots of colour plates. That's the way to do it. Take a flick through in the bookshop, if you're a certain sort of art student painter you might need to buy it.