About

Lives and works in London

Born in Blackpool UK

 

Education 

2015-2017   MA Fine Art   UAL Central Saint Martins   London

2011-2015   Fine Art courses   CityLit   London

1994-1995   BA (Hons) (part 2) Art and Community  Middlesex University   London

1981-1982  PGCE  University of Cambridge  Department of Education   UK

1972-1974   Dip. Art and Design   Fine Art (part1)   Exeter College of Art   Devon UK

 

Employment

1982-2011 Teaching art, secondary schools   London

1974-1978 Various: scene-painting at Northcott Theatre Exeter Devon UK

 

Solo Exhibition

2013   Rupert Whale  The Stonespace Gallery   London

 

Group Exhibitions

2017   Flock 17 London graduates GTX Gallery Camberwell London

2017  Paint Works  Art Pavilion  Mile End  London

2017   Bacardi and The Dean Collection No Commission   Berlin

2016   Show 4 Central Saint Martins London

2015   Refit at the Rag Factory  Heneage Street   London

2015   3 Painters   The Original gallery   London

2015   New Work: Four London Painters   54 The Gallery   London

2014   Selected for 2 person show   The Zetter Hotel Clerkenwell   London

2013   Transitions  The Original Gallery   London

2012   The Journey Lauderdale House   London

2012   Revealing The Hidden CityLit London

2012   When the Walls Come Down  Norlington Studios   London

1980   Mural collage   Darwin College refectory   University of Kent at Canterbury

 

Collections

2017  Painting Slippage 4 selected for University of Arts London Collection

2017  One of two London graduates to be represented in The Dean Collection chosen by rapper Swizz Beatz for Bacardi No Commission  Berlin

Work in Tim Sayer collection (bequeathed to The Hepworth Museum, Wakefield)

Private collections

 

Reviews

Herb Shellenberger: Review of Rupert Whale’s paintings in the Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art Exhibition   6 June 2017

In his Slippage series, Rupert Whale shows three works that reveal surprising and fractured approaches to abstract painting. Hard-edged borders become blurred or covered by objects while solid and squeegeed colour forms mix with simple drawings. Slippage 4 seems to at first reveal an inset view of the larger background image. Upon closer inspection, the shaped section reveals a different narrative based on the same tonality but incorporating more coherence in shape and structure.

Misconceptions like this become productive moments in the artist’s canvases, drawing the viewer in and producing unexpected dissonances. Whale dispenses with the rigidity we might associate with artists like Gerhard Richter in favour of a more ambiguous tenor and a generous interaction with the viewer.

While the three large canvases are painted with a certainty that comes from experience, they also signal an artist who is in the process of developing new ideas and forms, a painter who is wilfully on the cusp of new ideas and experiments that he is diligently working through.

Herb Shellenberger is an independent curator.