Gallery: Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Artist(s): Ryuji Tanaka
Opening / Event Date: 19 Oct, 2019
Closing / End Date: 1 Feb, 2020
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.
‘’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。’’
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
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