Hg2 : The Hedonist

Brett Whiteley

This is one of the museums in Sydney that is definitely worth a visit. Brett Whiteley had a tumultuous life and many of his paintings show his gradual sway to alcohol and drugs, most notably in his droll Self Portrait, painted after he drank three bottles of wine. Sadly, Whiteley’s life spun out of control after he became addicted to heroin. He died of an overdose in 1992. However, his prize-winning pieces capture Sydney wonderfully, particularly due to his fondness for using bluish tones, inspired by the harbour. Whiteley lived and worked in this warehouse studio, which was once an old t-shirt factory, until he died in 1992. Today, the space has been transformed into an art museum managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales – a tribute to Whiteley’s life featuring his completed and unfinished works, furniture, sculptures and memorabilia. The studio is only open during weekends.

2 Raper Street,
Surry Hills
+61 2 9225 1881
Opening Times
10am-4pm Sat & Sun.
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