Contact John Whittingham
John was born in eastern Ontario, but spent his adult life in Saskatchewan where he attended art school. John holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina (Visual Arts). He and his family became Edmonton residents in 2013.
John has over 4 decades of painting experience, with a focus on oil and acrylic. He prefers learning through personal research and development instead of attending commercial art classes. John places value on technical execution as well as artistic content. He studies materials and techniques extensively.
As he puts it himself, he is 'getting pretty good'.
John paints full time.
My work as a studio painter is centred on the human figure and portraiture. I do relatively realistic work. Over time, I have acquired a certain facility with acrylic polymer emulsions and oil paint, and devised new methodologies for both. I have no inclination for spiritual growth, nor do I presume that artwork has any other result than itself, preferring to keep a clear mind and a studied intervention.
The work itself is engrossing and time consuming. I work with live models and currently I am making a major effort to improve the figure and portrait as the subject matter of my paintings. In pursuit of this, I hope to implement better solutions, achieve a measure of consistency, and perhaps acquire a degree of excellence.
29x39 Acrylic on canvas
Oil on canvas