BRITAIN’s leading realist painter is exhibing a new collection of work at the Modern Artists’ Gallery in Whitchurch from this weekend.
Steve Whitehead is known as a master of the visual illusion since his paintings have a photographic clarity.
Gallery spokesman, Sasha Gibson, said: “Steve does not simply reproduce photographs in print, but creates an alternative reality. Each painting is a composite of images, photographs, sketches and colour notes collected by Steve on location and painstakingly reproduced on canvas back at the studio. Such is the degree of detail that one painting might take two years to complete.”
Whitehead was born in the Sixties and studied at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and later at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has twice won the Wales Open, as well as prizes from the Manchester Academy and Hunting Art Prize exhibition.
The exhibition will also feature work by Paula Zimmermann, whose portraits of dogs combine an interest in animals with a love of bold colour and pattern.
The exhibition opens tomorrow (Saturday) and runs until July 15.