Ken Whisson

From the Newspapers No.8, 28/2/2006-9/4/2006
oil on linen
110.0 x 120.0 cm
signed, dated and inscribed with title (on the reverse)


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Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, 2006
Private collection, Sydney

'Ken Whisson', Niagara Galleries, Melbourne,
3 - 28 October 2006, cat.13
'Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art', Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2009

'Ken Whisson', Niagara Galleries, Melbourne,
exh. cat. Illus. unpaginated
'Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art', Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, exh. cat., 2009

  • From the Newspapers No.8

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Ken Whisson was born in Lilydale, Victoria, in 1927. After attending Swinbourne Technical College from 1944-1945, Whisson studied under the tutelage of leading Melbourne expressionist painter Danilla Vassilieff from 1945-1946. Whisson's intuitive sketches incorporate a combination of symbols, images and abstract marks to convey an imaginative interpretation of the artist's experiences and understanding of the physical and metaphysical world.

Widely regarded as one of the most important Australian painters of his generation, Whisson has lived in Perugia, Italy since 1977, but has continued to exhibit regularly in Australia. In 1987 Whisson was awarded the prestigious Visual Arts Board Emeritus Award for substantial contribution to Australian Art, and his work is held in collections around the world including the British Museum, London and the Chartwell Collection, New Zealand, in addition to all major Australian public museums. Whisson is represented by Watters Gallery, Sydney and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne.

In 2012 The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne jointly mounted a major retrospective of the artist's work. 'As If' traced the evolution of Whisson's career over sixty years. The exhibition was accompanied by a monograph with essays by Glenn Barkley (MCA) and Lesley Harding (Heide Museum of Modern Art).