Described as Australia's most famous painter of his generation, Brett's intensity and self-destructive tendencies are reflected in his art.
He won every major art prize in Australia including the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman, many times over.
Very much a Sydney personality Brett spent many hours in various haunts and cafes in the local area. His lush sensuous representations of the female form and his dazzling paintings of Sydney harbour and Rushcutters Bay are well known. Brett lived and worked in Paris, London and New York, but Sydney was his home.
Brett died in 1992 aged 53 but this legend has left a large and timeless legacy of innovative and distinctive art.
Contributed from "A Tribute to the Legends of Kings Cross"