Friday, April 20, 2012

Brett Whiteley remembers


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Harry Kent, Brett Whiteley remembers, acrylic on canvas, 50x60cm





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'Memory is a wilful dog. It won't be summoned or dismissed ... It can leave you howling and it can make you smile.’
Elliot Perlman, The Street Sweeper

So i thought about Brett's memories, especially those of Wendy and of his heyday in the 1970's ... memories in the midst of his isolation and depression in the 1990's.

I wanted an image that did both - suggested Brett 'howling' and suggested Brett 'smiling', as the wilful dog came and went.


11 comments:

  1. Hi, Harry

    Love visiting and taking a random walk around your blog. You are one of my inspirations, Harry. So many interesting bits stashed here and there. Each one an illuminating gem.

    Hope all is well with you. Haven't heard much on the Meniere's. Hope it's behind you or at least under control.

    Warm regards. Candace.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Candace.

      And thanks for asking after my health. I haven't mentioned the Meniere's again since the painting series as a policy. I don't want to it define me or become an excuse though it does make painting and blogging rather difficult at times and i just hope my bloggy friends don't give up on me because of the sporadic silences. Hugs for asking.

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  2. Evening Harry,
    Ah-h-h (that's my interpretation of a big sigh of relief)...it's good to see you back at it. I was beginning to wonder about your health. It's great to see you up to your forever new tricks once again.
    If only Brett could be here to see your interpretations of his life. I have a feeling he'd be your biggest fan and buy up the lot!
    Welcome Back, Harry!
    Sincerely,
    Gary.

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    1. Thanks for the warm return greeting and the encouragement, Gary. Think of you often as i see your portrait of me in my study. Thanks so much for your friendship.

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    1. Hi Celeste. Yes, this one is all about impasto and developing rhythm in laying it on

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  4. I just heard Elliot Pearlman on the radio talking to Philip Adams about memory, particularly as it pertains to wars gone by. This is a great quote and how well it accompanies your painting, which I find viscerally arousing in its texture and colour. It stirs up memories of Whitely and beyond.

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    1. Thanks for your generous response, Elizabeth. And for mentioning the Late Night Live Broadcast. I had a listen online.

      The story of Perlman's 6 visits to Auschwitz to research his novel underscores his utter integrity and sensibilty.

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  5. Dear Harry.
    As usual, a very good work with lots of signs and leters... It's a good trip visit your blog!
    Big hug!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jaime. Always a delight to have you visit.

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  6. Harri:
    È bom vê-lo de volta!
    Permita um pequeno pensamento de Friedrich Nietzsche:)))
    The advantage of having a bad memory is often amuse themselves with the same good things as if for the first time.
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    Eu gostei muito de ambos trabalhos
    O primeiro é incandescente, fogo!
    O segundo é a imagem do proprio gelo
    Congratulações

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