Kim Whitby B.Ed (Hons), M.A. (b 1969- UK)
I make pictures of thing that visually interest me in my environment and close geography. The impression of colours or light, shapes and tones capture my attention. I have always painted and drawn directly, both outdoors and in. I am lucky to have had the experiences of rural Wales, coastal towns and major historical cities to inspire me.
I love to draw and enjoy the challenge of translating and capturing the essence of three dimensional things on to paper, even when they are moving. I am interested by how our view is often interrupted or obscured; even within a landscape, and the way that we are able to look ‘through’ obstacles.
I paint in water colour and oil paint, using a very limited colour palette, but am also very fond of drawing in ink. Sketchbooks are a vital part of my practice. I find myself revisiting and revising a similar image again and again, striving to make improvements and revise what I see as its key elements, on each visit.
My working process involves looking and drawing in an environment for long periods. I find that in this way I really ‘learn’ the place. I especially respond to unique or historic spaces and places; I like heritage environments particularly ones with structures of some form. By the end of my process I can work from almost memory and experience. That said, I also recognise that my initial impression or attraction is key too, to the final finished work. When I begin larger projects I do not know what form the final work will take. That idea slowly develops over time, in the space itself, but I try to keep that initial impression at the forefront of my mind when planning the summative artwork. Thus far works have emerged as single paintings, panoramic series and books.
I find myself increasingly seduced by working completely en plein air.
Competitions and Prizes
Finalist in Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016
Winner of Pintar Rapido, London 2016.
Shortlisted finalist Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2015.
Shortlisted finalist in Wales’ Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize 2015.
Winner of Spice Island Art Trail 2015, Portsmouth.
The Turner Contemporary, Margate, Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Semi Finalists Exhibition. Dec- Jan 2016
Pintar Rapido exhibition London 2016, Chelsea Old Town Hall. (winner)
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.
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.
Initially I pursued art study into the teaching profession; working full time as an infants teacher in Devon and finishing briefly as Head of Foundation Phase (4-8yr olds) at Plascrug Primary School in Aberystwyth, before moving to work part time. Latterly I returned to more serious artwork and in December 2014 I completed a part time Fine Art Masters Degree at Aberystwyth University in its School of Art.
I have benefited from great local support from the start; from the residents, and visitors, to beautiful Aberaeron, on the Ceredigion coast where as a young student I worked at the harbour edge drawing, painting and selling to the passers by, as my Summer ‘self employment’. Diolch yn fawr pawb. Wales was home for many years until we recently unexpectedly relocated.
Since finishing my MA, I have been determined to keep moving forwards with my art; becoming a Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize finalist in 2015, Sunday Times Watercolour competition finalist in 2015 and winning the Spice Island 2015 Art Trail in Portsmouth. This Summer I was absolutely delighted to win the outdoor painting competition in London, Pintar Rapido 2016. I have been very grateful to receive very useful feedback from judges in all of these events. Thank you judges.
I took part in Hampshire Open Studios over the last two Summers and have enjoyed a period as artist in residence at Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham. I have been pleased to support my most local new arts festival, in Lee on the Solent in 2016, especially as it gave me the chance to work with Lee Infant School pupils too. I continue to teach as a relief infants teacher in Hampshire, a private art tutor and group tutor for adults. I am happy to present to art groups at individual request.
I take private painting commissions (please email via the contacts page for information), and I will be continuing to enter open exhibitions again this year, in drawing, watercolour and oil painting, where appropriate and affordable.
Artists who currently interest me….(likely to evolve and change..)
Whistler, Singer Sargent, Turner, Cy Twombly, William Nicholson, Richard Diebenkorn (still life), John Wonnacott, Marc Dalessio, …..artists I am watching because I admire how they work and I thank them for sharing!…..Michael Weller, Adam Ralston, Maria Rose, Tom Stevenson, Tom Hughes, Peter Brown, Andrew Farmer, Rupert Cordeux, Helen Davison, Sara Dudman, Valérie Pirlot, Tom Homewood…and there will be more….
Many Thanks for reading and supporting me both now and in the past!
© Kim Whitby 2016