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About

Rupert Whale

Education

2015-2017
MA Fine Art   UAL Central Saint Martins   London

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

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

Rupert Whale employs a range of painting techniques to represent pictorial space. His particular emphasis is on the dual nature of a painting as both a two-dimensional flat surface and an illusory object – implying depth, evoking emotion and creating narrative. His works are essentially abstract but often contain figurative elements.

His subjects are frequently drawn from observation of his immediate surroundings. He uses line — expressive, gestural and rhythmic — to lead the eye into and around the pictorial space. Various painting techniques, including layering by paint drag and squeegee, partly disrupt underlying images.

Herb Shellenberger’s Review of Rupert Whale’s Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art Exhibition Paintings

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, Independent Curator

Collections

2017  Painting “Slippage 4” selected for University of the Arts London Collection

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

2015 Work in Tim Sayer collection (bequeathed to The Hepworth Museum, Wakefield)

Slippage 3, Oil and acrylic on canvas
Slippage 4, Oil and acrylic on canvas

Solo Exhibitions

2018/19  Critical Mass  Cloisters  Temple  London

2013   Rupert Whale  The Stonespace Gallery  London

Selected Exhibitions and Residencies

2019
Residency  Brisons Veor  Cornwall

2018

The A5 Show  Koppel Project  Holborn  London

Summer Residency  Koppel Project  Holborn  London

Slightly Seared on the Reality Grill  Unit 5 Gallery  London

Is this Art?  The Old Parcel Office  Scarborough  Yorkshire

Painting / Prints  Sichuan University Gallery  Chengdu  China

From the Outside Looking In  The Zetter Hotel  Clerkenwell  London

2017
Flock 17  London Graduates GTX Gallery  Camberwell  London

Paint Works  Art Pavilion  Mile End  London

Bacardi “No Commission” The Dean Collection  Berlin

2016
Show 4  Central Saint Martins  London

Drawing  Oxo Building  London

2015
3 Painters  The Original Gallery  London

Refit at the Rag Factory  Heneage Street  London

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

Revealing the Hidden  CityLit  London

When the Walls Come Down  Norlington Studios  London

1995
Finals  Middlesex University  London

1980
Mural Collage  Darwin College refectory  University of Kent at Canterbury