anthony whishaw ra
“I try and catch the moment before your eye settles. When your mind hasn’t quite connected the dots.” We are standing in Anthony Whishaw’s Kensington mews studio - where he has been since the 1950s. Paint spatters the floorboards in rainbow hues and the walls are crammed with paintings spanning his whole career - a higgledy-piggledy RA hang. The effect is kaleidoscopic - we are definitely in an Aladdin’s cave - or better still - a corner of the artist’s mind. He is 91, lively, with a gentle sense of humour. A paintbrush always in his hand. His daughter, Zoe, has a similar energy. They finish each other’s sentences, both excited to show us this treasure-trove, a lifetime in the making.
We hope to recreate something of the spirit of Tony’s studio and home at 25 Carnaby Street, in his forthcoming exhibition this Autumn. Our new premises is a Georgian townhouse, narrow, upward-rising and a wonderfully domestic setting that will lend itself to the spirit of his work. Whishaw is proud that over his long career, he has never conformed or painted to a specific gallery or dealer’s requirements. He has doggedly painted whatever captures his imagination - whether grand themes exploring the power of nature and landscape; the mind and its relationship with memory; or kinetic pieces inspired by crowds and people. His work seeks to reconcile illusion and allusion - the abstract and the figurative - to capture and create unforeseen visual experiences.
Whishaw studied at Royal College of Art, alongside Bridget Riley and Frank Auerbach. He was the pupil to scoop all the end of degree prizes in his year. Now in his nineties, he is still prolific.
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anthony whishaw ra: downstream flood
a spotlight on the artist
This weekend we will be participating in the inaugural edition of London Gallery Weekend. Anthony Whishaw RA: Downstream Flood at 25 Carnaby Street will be open on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June from 11 am to 5 pm.
Downstream Flood presents a group of works by Whishaw produced following a walk into his studio one rainy day. He became transfixed by the shifting patterns animating a puddle near the entrance, and quickly drew them in ink, creating a black and white sketch of the positive and negative shapes he had seen. This became the kernel of his water pictures. He has used this original drawing and photocopied variants again and again to create intricate collages of seascapes, streams, rivers and ponds. Short vertical lines such as those in Downstream Flood III (2004), provide points of orientation to guide our gaze across the flow of water which is at once both turbulent and mesmeric.
Whishaw claims no association with any particular art movement, stating instead that ‘each painting and work on paper makes its own separate demands’. His work deals with explorations of memory and experience. On the edge of representation, varying in intent, scale and depiction, it seeks to reconcile illusion and allusion, the abstract and the figurative, past and present pictorial languages to create unforeseen visual experiences.
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