Biography

With a body of work spanning twenty-five years that includes photography, artist books, sculpture, painting and installation, Alastair Whitton has explored multiple mediums and processes. His works are essentially concerned with notions of structural composition, the materiality of form and the ways in which we see and make sense of the world. He graduated with distinction from the (then) Natal Technikon School of Fine Art in Durban, South Africa and was awarded the Emma Smith Scholarship to further his studies at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.

The artist’s work has been featured in exhibitions at notable museums and institutions including the Carreau du Temple, Paris (2017); University of Johannesburg (2017); Pratt Institute, New York (2016); Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome (2015); Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice (2015); The Center for Book Arts, New York (2014); Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (2011); IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2010); FotoMuseum, Antwerp (2010); Johannesburg Art Gallery (2010); University of Pretoria (2009); National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare (2002); Gasworks, London (1998); Africus Institute for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg (1997) and the Durban Art Museum (1994).  Whitton’s work is represented in the collections of the Durban Art Museum, University of South Africa, Jack Ginsberg Collection, South African Centre for Photography, National Museum of Mali and the Luciano Benetton Collection in Venice amongst others.

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Alastair Whitton