Ken Whisson

"Looking at one of Ken Whisson's works is like studying a diagram of the thinking mind. This is why their schematic forms begin to seem ever more familiar over time – they conjure up experiences and observations that virtually everyone holds in common.” John McDonald, Ken Whisson: Paintings and Drawings 1947-1999 with Writings and Talks by the Artist, Niagara Publishing, Melbourne, 2001. 

Ken Whisson's paintings are intuitive sketches, marks and notations of things seen and experienced. Observational references are often obscured by abstract forms; lines and shapes, anamorphic or otherwise, create suggestive passages of painting. Whisson's work is akin to an expanded form of writing: he spells out images, creating rudimentary symbols, these forms working together to record an accurate reflection of the artist's memory.

Born in Lilydale outside Melbourne, Whisson studied at Swinburne Technical College between 1944 and 1945. He received tuition from Danilla Vassilieff in the years 1945 and 1946, providing him with direct contact and influence from the seminal generation of Melbourne expressionists. In 1977 he moved to Perugia, Italy, where he lived for three and a half decades. Whisson currently lives and works in Sydney. 

Ken Whisson has continued to exhibit regularly in Australia, building a significant reputation. His work is represented in all major Australian public collections as well as in the British Museum, London and the Chartwell Collection, New Zealand. He was the subject of a major survey exhibition in 2012 titled Ken Whisson: As If, jointly curated by Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and his work was included in the recent Painting. More Painting exhibition at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. 

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Ken Whisson, Automobiles and animals, 2/2/14 & 15/2/14 & 22/2/14 & 23/2/14, oil on linen, 100 x 120cm, 16818 

Automobiles and animals, 2/2/14 & 15/2/14 & 22/2/14 & 23/2/14
oil on linen
100 x 120cm


Selected Stock

Ken Whisson
Animal, 1961
oil on composition board
43 x 69cm

Ken Whisson
Rocks and seawater, 1970
oil on board
75.5 x 90.5cm

Ken Whisson
A very contemporary face, 29/1/11 to 21/8/11
oil on linen
120 x 85cm

Ken Whisson
Daytime and Nighttime Landscape, 22-28/11/15 & 17/5/16
oil on Belgian linen
91.5 x 122cm

Ken Whisson
Ducks, Humans, Windows and Tree Branches, 8/9/16 & 18/1/17
oil on marine plywood
91 x 122cm

Ken Whisson
Saturday, 26/1/18 & 4/2/18
oil on linen canvas
100 x 120cm

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