James Willebrant 'Willebrant 11.11.11'

James Willebrant graduated from The National Art School Sydney in 1972, being awarded the National Art School Painting Prize in 1970 and 1972 respectively. While at The National Art School Willebrant had already established his unique vision. As his work continued to evolve, he was encouraged in 1973, by fellow artist and mentor Charles Blackman, to mount his first exhibition at The Philip Bacon Galleries in Brisbane.

This seminal exhibition was enthusiastically received by the public and began a successful career as a professional painter for Willebrant which spans 36 years and over 70 exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. His work features in major private, public and corporate collections including The National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW and Queensland Art Gallery, many regional galleries, Parliament House Collection, Australia-Japan Trade Commission, Sydney Theatre Company, Qantas, Australian Embassy Tokyo, Artbank, Australian Stock Exchange, Deutsche Bank and several major university collections.

Willebrant and his contemporaries such as Brett Whiteley, Tim Storrier, John Coburn, Martin Sharpe and John Firth-Smith redefined, explored and celebrated the Australian spirit and experience as their precursors such as Streeton, Roberts, Dobell, Drysdale, and Nolan had done.

Like many Australian artists Willebrant uses the Australian landscape as an inspirational springboard for his exploration and celebration of the human condition. His idiosyncratic response has seen the development of a style and vision, the uniqueness of which is immediately recognisable. He has nurtured and honed this original vision over many years; refusing to compromise its integrity, and above all respecting the work and the life of each painting.


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