Jim Whitty is an artist based in Somerset UK

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My latest work will be on show at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford.  Starting on Sat 16th October 2021



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The Bend In The River




My paintings are primarily a visual experience, so I find it difficult to write much about them. A lot of them are pretty large – 140x190cm being a common size with some of the Triptychs and Diptychs reaching 4 or 5m, so seeing them on a screen doesn’t give the immersive feeling that you get from standing in front of them in real life.

As I’m sure is apparent, I draw on landscape and nature as my main inspirations. I love exploring, discovering secret, overlooked places off the beaten track. I’ll spend hours pouring over maps, following the course of a river or coastline on google, following my nose down a promising looking lane, or simply taking the dog for a run though the woods. These explorations revive a natural wonder for the world around us I have had since early childhood, and its often fleeting experiences at particular moments of transitional light, that provides the spark for a painting. I might use a photo, a memory, imagination, or even a dream as the starting point, but the process of painting can completely change the direction it goes in.  Thats one of the things I love about it. Playing with paint is a fun and messy experiment, its endlessly surprising. Seemingly random marks can build with rhythm and scale to create a sense of space. The canvas moves between the wall and the floor, paint is put on taken off, thrown splattered and glazed in the search for new ways of transferring a sense of energy. Putting more paint on in an attempt to reduce the image to something, that though its simplicity, becomes more absorbing;  the eye can rest while the mind wanders, or is it the other way round…  Not all are resolved, some leave questions unanswered, just as a half remembered dream does upon waking.

I find both water and trees endlessly facinating, and they lend themselves well to creating dream like spaces, no only because they are loaded with deep rooted mythology and stories, but because of their constantly shifting, immersive qualities.  They are places of shelter and calm but also real or imagined danger and mystery.  A place to be set adrift from modern life and get lost, enveloped in nature. When sunlight scatters and sparkles across water, or dances through new green leaves, it can lift the soul…  These are the fleeting moments I chase.


Brief Biography.

Born:  1970

Early formative years spent between Nigeria, Malawi, Greece, and the Isle of Skye and Cotswolds.


BA Honours Fine Art  Glasgow  School of Art  1994

Art and Design  Foundation  studies.  Brighton  Polytechnic   1989


Permanent collection of the Paisley Art Institute 1993

Royal Society of Arts student show, Edinburgh  1994

Animation Festival,  Bremen & Hamburg, Germany  1996

Video installation, Costa Caparica, Portugal. 1996

Will’s Art, Fulham, London. 1997- 03

Cadogan Contemporary. Group shows.  1997- 08.

Watermans Art Centre  1997

106 Gallery, Sclater st. London.E1, 1998

The Rack Gallery, Tyers Gate, London.SE1. 1998

The Barbican VSO Show  London 1998

The City Gallery, London. EC2.  1999

An Tuireann Arts Centre, Isle of Skye.  1999

International Art Consultants,  London E1 2000,01,02

Mural Commission for HMS President, London  2000

Curated & exibited ‘Lambda’. An Exhibition of light, Rhythm Factory. E1  2001

Solo shows at Cadogan Contemporary. London. 2002, 04, 05, 07, 08

Wylye Valley Art Trail  2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021

Adam Gallery Solo show Bath 09

Farrington Contemporary Gibraltar solo show 09

Adam Gallery Cork st. London / John st Bath:   Solo show 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017

Pop gallery, and Rook Lane Arts, Frome 2011

London Art fair Islington 2012, 2013, 2015

Moorwood Arts  2016, 2019

Bruton art factory 2019

Prizes and commissions:

Winner of the Student Award,  The Scottish Drawing Competition 1993

Winner of Conchita Moore Memorial prize, Watermans Art Centre1997

Year of the Artist/ NWAB commission to redesign the look of the theatre touring ship – the Fitzcoraldo, for Walk the Plank 2001.


E-mail:  jim@jimwhitty.co.uk


One thought on “About

  1. Alex

    Hi Jim,
    I m a young student who is studying you as part of there project and I am truly fascinated by your artwork. it really draws me in to a magical world of colour and mystery.
    so what I am asking is what inspired your to become an artist and what inspires you now to paint such beautiful images. Kind regards.

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