‘Glimpse’ by David Whittaker
Beautiful Crime and Eddie Lock present a new body of works, entitled Glimpse by David Whittaker. Winner of the prestigious Towry Award at the 2011 National Open Art Competition, self-taught artist, David Whittaker is a strong and unique talent in contemporary painting. As a small boy growing up in Newquay, Whittaker recalls the hours he spent fascinated by a print of Constable’s Hay Wain that his parents owned. While his works betray Constable as a source of inspiration – detailed landscapes are a trademark of many of his pieces – Whittaker’s beautifully rendered landscapes collide with heads or ‘portals’ amidst a chaos of brush strokes, mark-making and thick paint that is reminiscent of Bacon’s abstract portraiture.
Using the head, human psyche and his own identity (Whittaker was diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria in 2009) as a starting point for the content of his works, the artist explores a world of opposites: calm and conflict, hopes and fears, conscious and subconscious, male and female. These are his key tools for unlocking his true identity, which are transferred in unique form and with mesmerising affect on to canvas.
Glimpse by David Whittaker. Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1 T 1DR