MA Fine Art UAL Central Saint Martins London
BA (Hons) (part 2) Middlesex University London
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
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)
2018/19 Critical Mass Cloisters Temple London
2013 Rupert Whale The Stonespace Gallery London
Selected Exhibitions and Residencies
Residency Brisons Veor Cornwall
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
Flock 17 London Graduates GTX Gallery Camberwell London
Paint Works Art Pavilion Mile End London
Bacardi “No Commission” The Dean Collection Berlin
Show 4 Central Saint Martins London
Drawing Oxo Building London
3 Painters The Original Gallery London
Refit at the Rag Factory Heneage Street London
New Work: Four London Painters 54 The Gallery London
Selected for 2 person show The Zetter Hotel Clerkenwell London
Transitions The Original Gallery London
The Journey Lauderdale House London
Revealing the Hidden CityLit London
When the Walls Come Down Norlington Studios London
Finals Middlesex University London
Mural Collage Darwin College refectory University of Kent at Canterbury