The bold and striking structural forms present in Stephen Whatcott’s abstract paintings demonstrate instinctive, expressive mark making while still retaining a balanced composition.
The emotional impact of the image is always the primary focus of these paintings. Ranging from great, colossal walls of paint to more free-flowing expressive forms, they are built up in many textured layers with each layer referring to the marks made previously throughout the entire process. Composed largely instinctively, the paintings are physical, both in technique and presence, but ultimately attempt to communicate on an emotional level.
It is in the fundamental components of vitality, drive and feeling, the things that epitomise being alive, that are being conveyed in these pictures.
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.
b. 1983, Cheltenham, UK
Lives and works in Hampton, Worcestershire, UK
2018 Heikko, Curious Duke Gallery, London
Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 Affordable Online Art Fair
2020 A6 Murals Worldwide, a project by Lydia Wierenga, Netherlands
2020 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2018 Winter, Highgate Contemporary Art, London
2018 Summer Group Show, Curious Duke Gallery, London
2018 The Big Mix, Highgate Contemporary Art, London
2017 The Secret Art Prize 2017, The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch, London
2017 Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London
2017 Three100, No Format Gallery, London
2016 The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2016, Mall Galleries, London
2015 Mix 2, The Underdog Gallery, London
2015 Secret Art Prize - The Winners, Curious Duke Gallery, London
2015 The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2015, Mall Galleries, London
2014 The Curious Art-Pie Show, Curious Duke Gallery, London
2012 Open Exhibition 2012, Number 8 Gallery, Pershore
2011 OH! Oxford House, London
Bibliography & Features
2018 The Plus Paper, “Read between the lines” March 2018
2015 Secret Art Prize: Category Winner: Painting
2012 Number 8 Gallery Special Merit Award