stamped lower left with artist's monogram, dated lower right 21 Aug 79
52 x 41.5cm
Acquired directly from the artist; private collection Canada, since 1984;
Menzies, 10/08/2017, Lot No. 32;
Private collection, Sydney
In 1948, at the age of nine, Brett Whiteley was enrolled as a border at The Scots School in Bathurst. It was here that Whiteley gained a deep perception and understanding of the Australian landscape, which he conveys exquisitely in Approaching Storm. Whiteley’s lush, green rolling hills with heavy boulders and sturdy trees are so characteristic of the surrounding countryside. There is an impressive depth to the composition, from the approaching rain and clouds in the background to the valley in the middle-distance and the three-dimensional boulders at the fore. Three-dimensional effects, signature to many of Whiteley’s paintings, are evident in the thick applications of paint in the boulders. Whiteley’s picturesque, verdant valley is imbued with a deep sense of tranquility and solace that he found in his visits to the countryside of Bathurst where he often visited his sister.