Sunday, 24 April 2011

David Whitaker at Grundy Art Gallery, UK

A retrospective of the artist David Whitaker, once a contemporary of Bridget Riley in the Sixties, is currently on show at the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool. Not much is known of this abstract painter, much like the career of Alan Green, he has had more success abroad than in the UK.
'Flood' Oil on canvas, 1996 (173x122cm)  Copyright courtesy Frankie Whitaker
He was devoted to geometric abstraction and rarely moved away from it since he came on the scene in the 1960's until his premature death in 2007.  He had a solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in 1970 was followed by inclusion in Hayward Gallery’s ‘British Painting 74’. Between these major exhibitions he was awarded the Mark Rothko Memorial Award upon the recommendation of Bridget Riley, which enabled him to travel and work in America.  He continued to show regularly in the UK and internationally throughout his career. Check out his website here.

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