State heritage listing for Brett Whiteley's house

Brett Whiteley's house at Lavender Bay has been recognised on the NSW State Heritage Register, Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton announced.

Brett Whiteley

Ms Upton said the iconic home, its setting and views are of state heritage significance for their historic association with internationally acclaimed Australian artist Brett Whiteley AO.

"As well as being his family home and studio, the view from his former home provided Brett Whiteley with the inspiration for much of his substantial body of award-winning and influential artworks," Ms Upton said.

"Lavender Bay and its environment, the harbor and its icons are all significant recurring themes in many of Brett Whiteley's famous Australian artworks."

Awards throughout Mr Whiteley's lifetime included two Archibald Prizes, three Wynne Prizes, and two Sir John Sulman Prizes.

His trifecta of awards in 1978 continues to be unique in Australian art history and some of these award-winning and much loved works were painted at the Walker Street home.

The heritage listing includes not just the house and studio, but also the parklands adjacent, Wendy Whiteley's secret garden, a section of the Lavender Bay foreshore, the Lavender Bay Jetty and the waters of Lavender Bay.

"This place is an important part of our State and nation's artistic and cultural history and it has now been officially recognised and protected," Ms Upton said.