Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 90cm (H) x 150cm (W) x 5cm (D) / 35.4" (H) x 59.1" (W) x 2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
With roots based in drawing, this collection of abstract work explores solidity, texture and form, produced using a limited palette allowing focus and direction. Set within the context of social and political instability, and using that as starting point, the paintings depict forms that at first glance appear quite solid, some even being walls of black paint, but on closer inspection give a sense of their fragility and impending collapse.
The paintings are physical, both in technique and presence, but ultimately attempt to communicate on an emotional level. Composed largely intuitively, it is in the fundamental components of vitality, drive and feeling, the things that epitomise being alive, that are being conveyed in these pictures.
Amis appears in the medieval French romantic poem Amis and Amiles, which tells the story of their friendship and the sacrifices they make for one another.
Hometown: Ashton under Hill, Worcestershire UK
Based in: Hampton, Worcestershire UK
Stephen Whatcott is a self-taught artist based in the Cotswolds, UK, producing often minimalist paintings which occasionally spill out into more expressive or lyrical compositions. With roots based in drawing, his work tends to utilise line and form. These largely monochrome abstract paintings explore solidity, texture and composition, often executed in a seemingly aggressive, or at least expressive, manner.
In 2015 Whatcott won the Painting category of the Secret Art Prize open art competition and in 2018 was shortlisted for the Rise Art Prize.
Whatcott is represented by various galleries and consultants based in London, Chicago, Glasgow and Paris. His work is held in private collections worldwide.
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