Painted in a single sitting from life, in London, this portrait is of the artist’s dear friend, who celebrates his birthday on this day, October 12th. It was painted at the beginning of expressionist artist Stephen B Whatley’s career; 3 years after he had completed a degree in Fine Art (Painting) at Norwich School of Art, UK.
The artist was inspired early on by many of the great expressionists & post impressionists of history including Vincent Van Gogh (1853- 1890), Pablo Picasso (1881- 1973), Emile Nolde (1880- 1938), Ernst Kirchner (1867- 1956); and especially David Bomberg (1890 -1957) – whose former student, artist Dennis Creffield (1931- ) inspired him greatly by sharing advice given to him by Bomberg about ‘working with spirit’, during visits to Norwich.
Today, there is a permanent public show of Stephen B Whatley’s art – his series of 30 paintings , commissioned by the Tower of London, reproduced throughout Tower Hill Underpass, just outside Tower Hill Station & leading to the Tower. The artist’s work is in private collections worldwide & in public collections including the BBC, London Transport Museum, Westminster Cathedral & The Royal Collection of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Michael Reading. February 1989
Oil on aboard,
12 x 9in/30.5 x 22cm
Posted by >Stephen B. Whatley on 2014-10-12 11:46:08