Steven Whyte

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Steven Whyte
Steven Whyte sculpting a bust of Abraham Lincoln
Born (1969-03-17) 17 March 1969 (age 49)
Amesbury, England
Nationality British American
Education Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture (1988–1991)
Known for Sculpture

Steven Whyte (born 17 March 1969) is a sculptor classically trained in the traditional methodology of figurative bronze and portrait sculpture living in Carmel, California who has produced many public memorials and installations in both England and throughout the United States with subjects ranging from miners, to soldiers and fire fighters. He is credited with over fifty life size and larger bronze public figures and major monuments including The Silverdale Mining Memorial, The Lance Sergeant Jack Baskeyfield VC Tribute, The Spirit of 1948, and The Dr. John Roberts Monument. Whyte multimillion-dollar, sixteen-figure monument in San Diego, California entitled National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military, and two 1.5 times life size portraits busts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Column of Knowledge featuring Dr. King's bust atop the books that influenced his life and a 2nd bust above Dr. King's famous "I have a dream speech").

In 2010 Whyte unveiled a twice life size portrait monument of the 1957 Heisman Trophy Winner, John David Crow at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and a life size full relief statue of St. Anthony and Child at Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo (Carmel Mission) Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.

Whyte's work includes a four life size figures for a memorial to the fallen officers of the San Diego Sheriff's Department to be unveiled in May 2011. Whyte is currently working on a nine figure composition for Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, and a life size Jumbo the Elephant for Tufts University, MA. And a massive statue for Texas A&M University, The Aggie War Hymn Monument, twelve 1.6 times life size bronze figures of students, "sawing off variety's horns", the 10 ft by 39 ft sculpture was unveiled in September 2014, at a cost of $1.7M. Whyte is about to start statues of rocker Lemmy of Motörhead for Stoke-on-Trent and Germany.

In 2016 Whyte was awarded Sports Artist of the Year, sculptor, by The United States Sports Academy and The American Sport Art Museum & Archives.[1]

In December 2016 The Smithsonian Institution acquired Whyte's bronze bust of Congressman John Conyers Jr. for the National Portrait Gallery (United States) in Washington D.C..

Whyte was the sculptor for the Column of Strength, San Francisco’s controversial Comfort Women Memorial.


The son of Campbell MacNaughton Whyte (retired Royal Air Force) and Janice Whyte (Homemaker, Gardener and Artisan), Steven Whyte was born 17 March 1969 in Amesbury,[2] United Kingdom and grew up in various parts of Europe including Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands, England, and the Shetland Isles.

Whyte, a dyslexic, has been described as first using art as a social solution, rather than a potential vocation: "Art class was often the only place I felt confident that I could contribute and learn at the same rate as my peers.” Whyte's first art courses were drawing and graphic design, but it was not until high school that he began learning ceramics and sculpture. As an undergraduate, he gained full scholarship and became the youngest accepted to the Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture, under the late Professor Colin Melbourne ARCA and Dame Elisabeth Frink RA.[3]

After leaving school, Whyte co-wrote the only validated figurative sculpture course in England[4] and accepted a teaching position at Stafford College, then became the youngest member of the London-based Society of Portrait Sculptors, where he served as Vice-President alongside President Franta Belsky PPRBS, late sculptor to the Royal Family. Whyte's early career consisted primarily of private commissions and portrait work, with over 70 completed commissioned official portraits to date.[3]

In 2003, Whyte opened his first US open studio and gallery on Cannery Row in Monterey, California. In 2007, the Steven Whyte Sculpture Studio and Gallery moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California where it is currently open to the public every day.[4]

Nurture from Steven Whyte's signature Stance series, 2003–ongoing

Artistic style[edit]

The human form is Whyte's preferred subject, and he typically works with live models whenever possible. His sculptures are ultimately cast in bronze, but they begin as clay.

Steven Whyte describes himself as a "sculptor of people"[2] and although his pieces are reminiscent of classical figures, Whyte chooses to put importance on "the emotional quality and impact of the sculpture" more than the adherence to traditional technique. Whyte intends for his work to have "narrative and tangible personality".

Whyte currently works in a studio that is open to the public. The interaction and response has become a part of his work. “There’s a constant energy. It’s like when a film actor does theater and suddenly there’s no distance between his work and the audience, the response is both immediate and honest.”[3]

Public Commissions[edit]

Congressman John J. Conyers, Jr. Life size bust of the US Representative for Michigan's 13th congressional district. Member of Congress since 1965 and is currently its dean. Washington D.C. 2017.

Jumbo the Elephant. Life-size (11ft) African elephant monument for Tufts University’s mascot. Tufts University, Medford, MA. 2014.

Aggie War Hymn Monument. Twelve 1.6 times life-size figures on a 40’ x 4’ base. Representing Aggie students standing side-by-side during a traditional “sawing off Varsity’s horns” cheer. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2014.

A National Monument to John Steinbeck and Cannery Row. Nine slightly over life-size figures on a 17’ x 20’ x 16’ stone formation. Author John Steinbeck and eight characters from his novel Cannery Row. Cannery Row, Monterey, CA. 2014.

Senator William T. Moore. Life size half figure bust of Senator Moore for Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. 2013.

Tribute to Fallen Deputies. Four life-size figures in tribute to fallen officers and their families. San Diego Sheriffs Deputies Association, San Diego, CA. 2011.

John David Crow. Twice life -size portrait action figure of 1957 Heisman Trophy Winner John David Crow for Texas A&M. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. 2010.

St. Anthony of Padua. Life-size full depth relief of St. Anthony and Child. Carmel Mission San Carlos Borromeo, Carmel, CA. 2009.

Dream Speech Bust. 1.5 times life-size portrait bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. displayed above a plaque containing his “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety. City of Hollywood, FL. 2008.

Column of Knowledge. 1.5 times life-size portrait bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. perched on a stack of books that had influenced his life and work. City of Fontana, CA. 2008.

A National Tribute to Bob Hope and the Military. Eight life-size figures representing various eras of service men, women and veterans. San Diego Port Authority, San Diego, CA. 2008. (Project budget

Dr. John L. D. Roberts Monument. Life size statue of the founder of Seaside, California. Citizens Committee, City of Seaside, CA. 2004.

David and Lucile Packard Relief and chairs the Board of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Relief Portrait plaque, 16” x 16”, bronze. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California. 2003.

Spirit of 1948. Three life-size figures in cast stone as a tribute to the Staffordshire Fire Service. Staffordshire, England. 1998.

Holden Lane High School Relief. Project with local high school to create 21’ x 7’ brick relief. Burslem, England. 1998.

Mier Portal. 36’ x 14’ brick relief for interstate tunnel portal. Mier, England. 1997.

The Lance Sergeant Jack Baskeyfield VC Tribute. Twice life size (12ft) full memorial figure of the Victoria Cross winner, and the only monument to a non-commissioned soldier in Britain. Hanley, England. 1996.

The Silverdale Mining Memorial. 1.5 times life-size miner, pushing mining tub with eleven bronze plaques including four life size portrait reliefs. Newcastle-under-Lyme, England. 1996.

Tribute to Reginald Mitchell. 1.25 times life-size full memorial figure to the aeronautical designer of the Spitfire aircraft. Staffordshire, England. 1991

Destiny. Queen’s Moat Hotel Group. Staffordshire, England. 1991.

Bust of May Walley. Victoria Hall, Hanley. Staffordshire, England. 1990.

Titled Portrait Works from life[edit]

UK Busts and Figures 1989-2000

Shami Ahmad - Chairman, Pinwise PLC

Lord Alexander - Chairman, National Westminster Bank PLC

Heather Angel RSP - Photographer, author

Viscount Blakenham - Chairman, Pearson PLC

James Bowman - Counter Tenor, English National Opera

Arthur Chollerton CBE - Chairman, Staffordshire County Council

Mrs. Hilda Clarke - Director, St. Modwen PLC

Sir Stanley W. Clarke - Chairman, St. Modwen PLC

The Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke M.P. - Chancellor of the Exchequer

Peter Cropper - Leader, The Lindsey String Quartet

Peter Cheeseman - Director, The New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme

Counsellor Alan Edwards - Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent

Professor Brian Fender CMG - Vice-Chancellor, Keele University

Mark Fisher MP - Junior Minister of the Arts

Lord Forte - President, Forte PLC

Richard Giordano KBE - Chairman, British Gas PLC

Sir John Harvey-Jones - Industrialist, author, Retired chairman ICI PLC

Edgar Haber - President, Quail Lodge Resort, Carmel, CA

Dr. James Heron MB FRCP - Chairman, The Institute of Neurologists

Freddie Jones - Actor RSC

Dr. Stephen Lock - Editor, The British Medical Journal

Patrick Moore OBE - Astronomer, author

Jackie Mudie - Scottish International Soccer Player

Lord Palumbo - Chairman, The Arts Council of Great Britain

Rupert Pennent-Rea - Deputy chairman, The Bank of England

Trevor Pinnock ARMC - Director, The English Concert Orchestra

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild - Chairman, Rothschild Bank

John Rudge - Manager, Port Vale Football Club

Sir Colin Southgate - Chairman, Thorne EMI PLC

The Earl of Stockton - President, Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Neal Smith - CEO, The Golf Group Inc.

Lord Sterling - Chairman, P&O PLC

The Rt. Rev. Keith Sutton - Lord Bishop of Litchfield

Lord Tombs - Retired chairman, Rolls Royce Aero PLC

May Walley MBE - Director, The Bedford Singers

Lord Weathrill MP - Speaker, The House of Commons

The Duke of Westminster - President, Grosvenor International Holdings

Lord Young - Chairman, Cable and Wireless PLC

USA Busts and Figures 1989-2000

Ted Balestreri - Chairman & CEO, Cannery Row Company

Mike Beasley - Venture Partner of Nobska Ventures. Chairman, Rocket Software

Congressman John J Conyers - US Representative, Dean of the House of Representatives

Herman "Herm" Edwards Jr. - American football analyst for ESPN and former NFL player and coach

Gustavo M. de la Garza Ortega - Founder and chairman, Marcatel Com

Edgar H. Haber - Founder of Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club

Secretary Leon Panetta - Director, CIA. US Secretary of Defense

Sylvia Panetta - Director, Panetta Institute

Sam Linder - President, Sam Linder Auto Group

Burt Mendlesohn - Consultant

George Tanimura - Co-founder, Tanimura & Antle


  • 1987: Recipient fellowship to attend the Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture
  • 1994–2002: Member, The Society of Portrait Sculptors
  • 1994–1996: Vice-President, The Society of Portrait Sculptors
  • 1997–present: Associate, National Association for the Prosecution of Felons (Burslem)
  • 2002–2004: Invited in 2002-2004 to guest lecture at The National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2005-2007: Voted "Best Artist" in Monterey County by the readers of Monterey County Weekly
  • 2008-2009: Voted "Best Sculpture Gallery" in Monterey County by the readers of Carmel Pine Cone
  • 2009: Voted "Best Sculpture Gallery" in Monterey County by the readers of Monterey County Weekly
  • 2009-2016: Voted "Best Artist" in Monterey County by the readers of Carmel Pine Cone
  • 2016 Awarded Sports Artist of the Year, sculptor, by The United States Academy of Sports and The American Sport Art Museum & Archives.
  • 2016 Smithsonian Institution acquire Whyte's bronze bust of Congressman John J. Conyers Jr. for the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C..

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Noszlopy, George and Fiona Waterhouse (2005). Public Structure of Staffordshire and the Black Country. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. ISBN 978-0-85323-999-4.
  3. ^ a b c Wilson, Ellen (Summer–Fall 2004). "Steven Whyte: The Next Generation of Great Figurative Sculptors". Carmel Magazine.
  4. ^ a b Wilbur, Brett (Winter 2008). "Steven Whyte: An Artist at Work". Carmel Magazine.


  • Noszlopy, George and Fiona Waterhouse (2005). Public Structure of Staffordshire and the Black Country. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. pp. 118, 138, 152, 29. ISBN 978-0-85323-999-4.
  • Wilbur, Brett (Winter 2008). "Steven Whyte: An Artist at Work". Carmel Magazine. pp. 268–271.
  • Wilson, Ellen (Summer–Fall 2004). "Steven Whyte: The Next Generation of Great Figurative Sculptors". Carmel Magazine.

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