Kim Whitby B.Ed (Hons), M.A. (b 1969- UK)
I draw and paint from life; frequently outdoors. I am becoming increasingly aware my strongest work is usually made direct, or en plein air; when I immerse myself in a setting or environment. I have a particular attraction to things of historical or geographical interest, or places with some type of uniqueness. Drawing is a key part of my practice and I am intrigued by the ambiguous line between the act of drawing and that of painting. I am best known for my work in black ink, but I also enjoy working in colour on both paper and with oil paint. I am drawn to tonal and patterned visual elements; enjoying the mark making opportunities and challenges these aspects present. Structures attract me greatly as subject matter, but I also value the compositional possibilities which structures bring to compositions. I relish exploring scale further in both, the formats I work in, and by attempting to capture a sense of scale, and its impact, within my work.
Cronological Artistic Biography
2020 #artistsupportpledge partcipant/ IGTV free art lesson contributor. (this year’s teaching programme (uk/overseas) was completely devastated by the pandemic)
2019 The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Mall Galleries.
2019 Pintar Rapido 2019, The Old Town Hall, Kings Rd, Chelsea. Competition Judge and Exhibition Demonstration Artist.
2018 Winchester City Museum “Inspired by…” with HCT and Jane Austen’s House Museum.
2018 The Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London.
2018 Mottisfont Abbey Open Art Exhibition 2018, The National Trust.
2018 The Kyffin Williams RA Drawing Prize 2018, Oriel Ynys Môn.
2018 Torfaen Museum, Pontypool, Plein Air Competition 2018.
2018 “Inspired by…” for Hampshire Cultural Trust and Jane Austen’s House Museum,The Willis Museum, Basingstoke, (group).
2017 Pintar Rapido 2017, Chelsea Old Town Hall, The Kings Rd. Chelsea (group).
2017 Torfaen Museum Trust Plein Air Competition, Pontypool (group).
2017 Aspex Gallery@The Gulidhall Cafe, Portsmouth, (solo).
Commissioned at Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, 2017, with Hampshire Cultural Trust – the bicentenary commemorative year of her death.
Artists and Illustrators Magazine- “Artist to Watch in 2017”
Cass Art “Watercolourist to watch in 2017”
The Turner Contemporary, Margate, Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Semi Finalists Exhibition. Dec- Jan 2016
Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 Finalist– “I made the final three having entered as a wildcard!”
Wild Card Winner Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016.
Winner of Pintar Rapido plein air competiotn and exhibition London 2016, Chelsea Old Town Hall.
Spice Island Art Trail 2016, Old Portsmouth, June 2016.
Parallax International Art Fair 2016, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.
Aspex Gallery Portsmouth, Here and There, group exhibition, February 2015.
The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2015, The Mall Galleries, London.
The Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize 2015, Oriel Ynys Môn, Anglesey, September 2015- February 2016.
Early Things ….Thank you for all the early support!
The Showroom, Lloyd Motors, Aberaeron, November 2015.
MOMA Wales Tabernacle group exhibition, Machynlleth, July 2015.
Portsmouth Festivities Winners Group Exhibition, Guild Hall, Portsmouth, July 2015 (group).
Spice Island Art Trail, Portsmouth Festivities, Old Portsmouth, June 2015. Master’s Final Exhibition, Aberystwyth University School of Art Gallery, September 2014. Postgraduates Exhibition, Aberystwyth University School of Art Gallery, May 2014. Group exhibition, Aberystwyth, The Bandstand on the Prom, 2012. Solo Exhibition Aberaeron, Mason’s Hall, 2011. Ceredigion Council Offices, Main Chamber, permanent display, 1992- . King Alfred’s College, Winchester, Degree Show, 1993.
“Whilst a young student (1989-93) I painted and sold my work on the harbourside in Aberaeron, Ceredigion, during my holidays, to help pay for my studies. I always like to hear from collectors from this period – days before easy photography, and when I often sold the pictures on the same day that I painted them. Do let me know if you have my artwork from this time!”
I like; Whistler, Singer Sargent, Turner, Cy Twombly, William Nicholson, Richard Diebenkorn (still life), John Wonnacott, Marc Dalessio, Rupert Cordeaux,
©Kim Whitby 2020