Feature Shaqúelle Whyte’s star is on the rise
A figurative painter known for his exploration of the human condition, Whyte draws his inspiration from a variety of places, including the artists that he consumes. These range from Cecily Brown to Andrew Salgado, Michael Armitage to Tintoretto, Rubens to Rothko, Twombly to Monet and Yiadom-Boakye to Violet Hwami. As well as drawing from artists throughout history, the books he reads shape the imagined scenarios he creates. He told us: “I try for the world that I build to be as immersive as what I read and so finding time to delve into fantasy and adventure novels allows for my mind to wonder.”
Campbell adds: “With an intriguingly distinct style, Shaqúelle’s exploration of the human condition in his vivid works beautifully portray colourful and compelling worlds. Eloquently drawing upon art historical, cultural and personal references, his paintings have the captivating ability to speak to us all.”
Despite the pandemic forcing him to paint out of his mum’s living room and later student flat, Whyte has managed to create a collective of artists, aptly named Modern Faces, who will be presenting their first group show at Square Gallery in collaboration with Fynn Studios in April 2021. He also has shows lined up for the back end of the year, which he will be announcing in due course.
About the champion
Founder of award-winning art advisory company Narcissus Arts, Nick Campbell has over a decade of experience and in-depth knowledge in collecting high quality art. Specialising in sourcing art for under £10,000, Narcissus Arts is internationally recognised as the go-to place for all art enthusiasts. Nick has helped commercial, corporate and private clients alike build impressive art collections and has been chosen as the UK’s Best Art Consultant Under 35 by Spears Magazine, as well as being featured in publications such as The New York Times, Vanity Fair and the BBC.