Arts Thread: Stripped-Down Pencil Illustrations Launch Artist’s Career

Arts Thread: Stripped-Down Pencil Illustrations Launch Artist’s Career

The Welsh illustrator Stuart Whitton, opened his first solo exhibition, showcasing his talent for drawing.

Amelia Riley Swan
  • 12 october 2011

Stuart Whitton – ‘Innocence’ and ‘Beauty’ Portraits

Welsh illustrator Stuart Whitton’s first solo exhibition opened last night at the Exposure Gallery, so ARTS THREAD popped along to say hello! We were treated to an impressive collection of pencil illustrations that reminded us what drawing – a lifelong passion for Stuart – is all about. This was drawing in its most traditional, stripped-back form, executed with great talent and attention to detail.

Stuart Whitton – ‘Origin’ at Exposure Gallery

Including typographic projects, animal studies and some brilliant portraiture, the collection of 40 original works shows Stuart’s ability to create images that are soft and delicate yet totally arresting. Portraits of family members and friends have a depth of emotion no doubt brought about by the minute study of the faces which he has a personal connection with. It’s all about the tonal variations, something that Stuart masters so precisely that the images appear almost photographic.

Stuart Whitton – Alphabet Series (Q & Z)

We loved the Alphabet Series, made up of 26 intricate sketches of clothes and accessories arranged in the form of letters as well as the collaborative pieces Stuart created with prominent illustrators Claire Scully, Pomme Chan, and Peter Crawley.

Stuart Whitton – ‘Origin’ at Exposure Gallery

Stuart’s talent hasn’t escaped the notice of some industry heavyweights. He has exhibited with the Association of Illustrators and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. With commissions from Creative Review, Die Zeit and Amelia’s Magazine under his belt, we’re pretty sure we can expect big things from this friendly Welshman and his pencils!

For more information on Stuart Whitton visit his website.

Origin runs at the Exposure Gallery, 22-23 Little Portland Street, London W1W 8BU, until 31st October.

(See original post here.)

[Written by Anna Zeuner. Originally published on the Arts Thread blog. Republished with kind permission.]

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