David Whitaker, Salt Lake City Sunset I, 1974, oil and string on canvas, 224 x 303 cm, 88 x 119 in
The British abstract artist, David Whitaker (1938 - 2007) created large-scale paintings of shimmering beauty. In a career that spanned five decades, he became known for his intricately-constructed images, that play with the optical effects of light and line to challenge perception.
He was one of the first artists to have a solo exhibition at the newly-established Serpentine Gallery, London, in 1970, and was a winner of the prestigious Mark Rothko Memorial Award.
Highly atmospheric and serene, Whitaker’s paintings derive inspiration from such diverse sources as Leonardo's chiaroscuro, the broken light of the Impressionists, and the formal geometries of Byzantine painting, as well as his own experiences and visual memories - of the plains of North America, the pyramids of Egypt, the interiors of gothic cathedrals.
Cloud Built Palace, 1975, oil on canvas, 206 x 260 cm, 81 x 102 in
Blue Pacific, 1975, oil on canvas, 210 x 243 cm, 82 x 96 in