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 light, tones and shapes 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. 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’ what I am observing. I especially attracted to unique or historic spaces and places; I love all types of heritage environments. I am fascinated by structures; boats, buildings, and the structural qualities of trees. I need to work very near to my subject matter to best describe the scale and suggest the presence of what I am representing. I enjoy exploring scale and working in different sizes, although working very large outdoors brings its unique set of practical challenges.
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 my 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, Awards and Prizes.
Commissioned at Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton 2017- during the bicentenary commemorative year marking her death.
Artists and Illustrators Magazine- “Artist to Watch in 2017”
Cass Art “Watercolorist to watch in 2017”
Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 Finalist– I made the final three having entered as a wildcard!
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.
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