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DAVID KIM WHITTAKER – A Curated Selection

Exhibition details

Opening / Event Date:
25 March, 2019
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Closing / End Date:
30 April, 2019
Cost:
Free
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Website:
http://www.operagallery.com

Opera Gallery is pleased to present the first solo show of the artist in Hong Kong.

 

From England, Whittaker is a self-taught artist who works mainly with oil, acrylic and collage to create unique interpretations of the human head.

 

Whittaker’s portraits are ambiguous and appear non-specific, with an aim of representing the universal alongside the personal.The works often juggle dual states of inner and out­er calm and conflict – offering a glimpse of strength and fragility, the conscious and the subconscious, the masculine and the feminine. They are essentially 21st century human portraits – and could be read as utopian or/and dystopian.

 

These universal states of conflict, clearly identifi­able in Whittaker’s works, are arguably reinforced by Whittaker’s gender dysphoria and the personal struggle with a condition that the artist has learned to live with through the endeavour of expressing some­thing bigger than oneself through painting.

 

“Am I male or female? It’s really hard. It’s like a fusion, at the moment I walk a tightrope between the two. It’s very interesting for my art.  I can’t really answer.” – David Kim, 2015

 

The artist has exhibited in England and overseas, including A Portrait for Human Presenceat Fondazinoe Mudima in Milan in 2017, The Discerning Eyeat the Mall Galleries in London in 2011, the NSA Exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol in 2009, and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2005.

 

David Kim Whittaker was the recipient of the Towry Award (First Prize) at the 2011 National Open Art Competition. The artist has been offered at auction multiple times, with the highest auction record over 110,000 USD.

 

We are excited to present this up and coming artist in Asia, and we cordially invite all viewers to join us at the opening.

 

香港奥佩拉画廊高兴为大家呈献英国跨性别艺术家大卫·金·惠特克首次在香港的个人展览。

艺术家大卫·金·惠特克于1964年出生于英国康沃尔郡。作为一名自学成才的艺术家,惠特克的大部分绘画都是在抽象地描绘人类头部及形态。他/她的肖像作品模糊不清,倾向展现有意识和潜意识的,兼顾内在和外在的,平静和冲突的,男性和女性的双重状态。从这些作品中的冲突状态可以感受到惠特克与性别焦虑共存的个人斗争,通过绘画表达自己的力量和脆弱,及超越自我的探讨过程。

‘’我是男性还是女性? 这很难解释,就像一个融合,此刻我在两者之间走钢丝。 这对我的艺术非常有趣。’’

惠特克的作品主要包括油画,塑胶彩及混合媒体的绘画和拼贴,精致的具象和富有表现力的抽象元素令他/她在2011年全国公开艺术比赛中获得一等奖。除此以外,他/她的作品也被纳入许多博物馆藏品,艺术基金会和国际私人收藏品中。

是次将是惠特克在亚洲的第一个个人展览,期待各位的来临。

 

David Kim Whittaker – A Curated Selection

25 March – 30 April, 2019

Opening Reception: 25 March (Monday) 6:30 pm

Address: G-3/F, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong

RSVP: [email protected]| +852 2810 1208

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