Anthony Whishaw LG celebrates his 90th year with a new book and kickstarter campaign.
The distinguished Kensington artist and longstanding London Group member Anthony Whishaw will reach his 90th year in 2020, and will celebrate with an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in February, alongside the release of his new book.
One of the original artists of the Kensington and Chelsea art scene during the 1950s and 60s, Whishaw’s work is marked by a rare ability to shift effortlessly between abstract and figurative works. He is now one of the few artists from the original scene still in residence in the Royal Borough.
Whishaw studied at the prestigious Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in the mid 1950s. In 1960, recognition came when the young artist was featured on the pioneering BBC television arts programme Monitor, featuring rising stars of the day such as Melvin Bragg, John Berger and Ken Russell.
Whishaw has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally. Among other achievements, some of his most significant career highlights include being elected as a Royal Academician in 1980 – one of the highest accolades for any living artist – and a major exhibition in 1994 at The Barbican Centre.
His new book ‘Works on Paper’ covers many aspects of the artist’s life: from his early figurative works and landscapes influenced by his time in Spain, to his abstract interiors and observations of nature. Written by author Richard Davey and published by Beam Editions, the book will be the first time many of these works have been seen.
To purchase the new book in advance, visit Whishaw’s kickstarter campaign.