Leytonstone artist Rupert Whale is currently showing his most recent works at the gallery. His solo show runs from 12 to 29 September 2013.
Rupert was brought up near Blackpool on the north west coast of England He remembers with affection the light and the flat, bleak windswept landscapes of the Fylde area. “The salt atmosphere eroded and rusted objects, cars and buildings were all vulnerable, succumbing to a bleached and disfigured patina. In winter windblown debris was replaced by summer crowds looking for a place on the broad sands and fun on the Pleasure Beach. At night neon flickered, accompanied by music of the slot machines”. This awareness of constant erosion and impermanence translate into his paintings as areas of deliberate incompletion. He is drawn to the discarded and the incidental, scrapyards and empty public spaces. After attending art college in Devon, Rupert worked in the Northcott theatre, Exeter as a scene painter. He later trained as a teacher and taught in London secondary state schools for thirty years.
Discussing the many contemporary influences on his work he includes the New Leipzig School and Nick Goss. He is also aware of that long tradition of artists represented in the National Gallery, and the likes of Auerbach, Leon Kossof, Bomberg, De Kooning, Sickert, Degas and Daumier. He says he owes much of the evolution of his style to the advice of Wynn Jones at Kingsgate studios in West Hampstead and Chris Hough and Tony Hull at the City Lit. in Holborn.
Now retired from teaching he is able to devote his time to painting and continues to experiment, playing with content as much as enjoying discovering what the paint can do.