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The bold and striking structural forms present in Stephen Whatcott’s abstract paintings demonstrate instinctive, expressive mark making while still retaining a balanced composition.

Influenced primarily by punk rock and grunge music in his teens, followed later by jazz, his work centres on mood with the freedom of improvisation at its core. The serendipitous nature of the process therefore acts as a guide when composing his work.


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.

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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, Glasgow and Chicago. His work is held in private collections worldwide.

He lives with his wife and children in the same area where he grew up. It's beautiful.


b. 1983, Cheltenham, UK
Lives and works in Hampton, Worcestershire, UK


Solo Exhibitions
2018       Heikko, Curious Duke Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2024       Summertide, Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway, Worcestershire

2024       Fresh: Art Fair, Cheltenham (with Little Buckland Gallery)

2023       ART MATTERS 8, Galerie Biesenbach, Germany

2023       ART MATTERS 7, Galerie Biesenbach, Germany

2023       Affordable Art Fair, Battersea (Spring), London (with Caiger Art)

2022       Affordable Art Fair, Battersea (Autumn), London (with Caiger Art)

2022       Black Swan Arts Open 2022, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset

2022       ART MATTERS 5, Galerie Biesenbach, Germany

2022       Affordable Art Fair, Battersea (Spring), London (with Caiger Art)
2021       Affordable Online Art Fair (with Caiger Art)

2020       A6 Murals Worldwide, a project by Lydia Wierenga, Netherlands
2020       Affordable Art Fair, Battersea (Spring), London (with Caiger Art)
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 (with Curious Duke Gallery)
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

2024       Aesence, “Bold And Minimalist Compositions” June 2024

2023       New Art Project Magazine 01, June 2023
2018       The Plus Paper, “Read between the lines” March 2018

2015       Secret Art Prize: Category Winner: Painting
2012       Number 8 Gallery Special Merit Award

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