Patrick White, AuthorTo People
As the only Australian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973, Patrick White is one of our most highly regarded literary figures. Before his death in 1990, he was known as a solitary figure who shunned the spotlight and had a particular distaste for what he perceived as the 'culture of mediocrity' in Australia. He remains a world renowned writer today, with his work continuing to find new audiences. He published 12 novels, two collections of short-stories and eight plays. He used the stream if consciousness technique in his fiction writing.
Brett Whiteley painted several portraits of Patrick White; one of which appeared on the cover of his biography authored by David Marr. He famously painted White's portrait as a rock on the Sydney Harbour headland, stating that the author would be reincarnated as a rock. William Yang photographed White's theatrical social circle and later exhibited the photographs at the Art Gallery of NSW.