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Steven Whyte
Nationality British
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 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 nine 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 recently completed work on a multi-million dollar, sixteen figure monument in San Diego, California entitled National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military, and two 1.5 times life size portrait 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").

Whyte's current work includes a 1.85 times life size portrait monument of the 1957 Heisman Trophy Winner, John David Crow to be placed at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He is also working on The Spiral of Life Monument, a 22-foot DNA spiral for Healthpoint, LTD in Fort Worth, Texas. And The National Monument to John Steinbeck and Cannery Row consisting of nine life-size figures on a 17’x14’ stone formation including the author John Steinbeck and eight characters from the novel, Cannery Row, for the city of Monterey, California.

Biography[edit]

The son of Campbell MacNaughton Whyte (retired Royal Air Force) and Janice Whyte (Homemaker, Gardener and Artisan), Steven Whyte was born March 17th, 1969 in Amesbury, [1] United Kingdom and grew up in various parts of Europe including Scotland, Germany, Holland, 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 and Dame Elisabeth Frink.[2]

After leaving school, Whyte accepted a teaching position at Stafford College, co-wrote the only validated figurative sculpture course in England[3], and became the youngest member of the London-based Society of Portrait Sculpture, where he served as Vice President alongside President Franta Belsky PPRBS, late sculptor to the Royal Family. Whyte's early career was primarily comprised of private commissions and portrait work, with over 70 completed commissioned live portraits to date.[2]

In 2003, Whyte opened his first US studio and gallery on Cannery Row in Monterey, California. In 2007, the Steven Whyte Sculpture Studio and Gallery moved to Carmel, California where it currently resides today.[3]

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"[1] 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.”[2]

Achievements[edit]

  • 1987: Recipient fellowship to attend the Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture
  • 1994–present: 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: Voted “Best Artist” in Monterey County by the readers of Carmel Pine Cone

Portrait Commissions[edit]

Image Name Description
Shami Ahmed Chairman, Pinwise PLC
200px Lord Alexander Chairman, National Westminster Bank PLC
Heather Angel RSP Photographer, Author
Lance Sergeant John Baskeyfield VC Posthumous Solider, Awarded The Victoria Cross
Arnold Bennett [Posthumous] Author
James Bowman Counter Tenor, English National Opera
Harold Brown [Posthumous] Author
Lord John Cadman [Posthumous] Anglo Persian Oil Company
Peter Cheeseman Director, The New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme
Arthur Chollerton CBE Chairman, Staffordshire County Council
Sir Stanley W. Clarke [Posthumous] Chairman, St. Modwen PLC
The Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke M.P. Chancellor of the Exchequer
Sir Joseph Cook [Posthumous] Prime Minister of Australia
200px Peter Cropper Leader, The Lindsey String Quartet
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Chairman, Rothschild Bank
Fanny Deakin [Posthumous] Politician
The Duke of Westminster President, Grosvenor International Holdings]
The Earl of Stockton President, Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Councillor 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
Edgar Haber [Posthumous] ]President, Quail Lodge Resort, Carmel, CA
Sir John Harvey-Jones Industrialist, Author, Retired Chairman ICI PLC
Dr. James Heron]MB FRCP Chairman, The Institute of Neurologists
Bob Hope [Posthumous] Entertainer
200px Freddie Jones Actor RSC
Dr. Stephen Lock Editor, The British Medical Journal
Burt Mendelsohn Consultant
200px Patrick Moore OBE Astronomer, Author
Jackie Mudie Scottish International Soccer Player
The Nye Grandchildren Erle and Alice Nye
200px David and Lucille Packard Founder, Hewlett Packard, Inc.
Lord Palumbo Chairman, The Arts Council of Great Britain
Rupert Pennant-Rea Deputy Chairman, The Bank of England
Trevor Pinnock ARMC Director, The English Concert Orchestra
Dr. John L.D. Roberts [Posthumous] Founder of Seaside, California
John Rudge Manager, Port Vale Football Club
Neal Smith CEO, The Golf Group Inc.
Sir Colin Southgate Chairman, Thorne EMI PLC
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
200px Lord Viscount Blakenham Chairman, Pearson PLC
200px Lord Bernard Weatherill MP [Posthumous] Speaker, The House of Commons
Lord Young Chairman, Cable and Wireless PLC

Major Exhibitions and Installations[edit]

Image Dates Title Location
1991 Destiny

Queen’s Moat Hotel Group

Staffordshire, England, UK
StevenWhyteR.J. Mitchel.jpg 1991 Tribute to Reginald Mitchell

A 1.25 times life size full memorial figure to the aeronautical designer of the Spitfire airplane. (Sculpted with Michael Talbot)

Staffordshire, England, UK
SilverdaleMinerSculpture.jpg 1996 The Silverdale Mining Memorial

An over life size miner (Sculpted with Michael Talbot) pushing a mining tub with eleven bronze plaques including four life size portrait reliefs.

Newcastle-under-Lyme, England, UK
StevenWhyteBaskeyClay.jpg 1996 The Lance Sergeant Jack Baskeyfield VC Tribute

A twice life size (12ft) full memorial figure of the Victoria Cross winner (only monument to a non-commissioned soldier in Britain). (Sculpted with Michael Talbot)

Hanley, England, UK
StevenWhyteMeirTunnel.jpg 1997 Meir Portal

A 36ft x 14ft brick relief for Meir Interstate Tunnel Portal.

Meir, England, UK
1998 Holden Lane High School Relief

A project with Holden Land High School (21ft x 7ft brick relief).

Burslem, England, UK
1998 Spirit of 1948

A tribute for the Staffordshire Fire Service (three life-size figures in cast stone).

Staffordshire, England, UK
StevenWhyteRoberts.jpg 2004 Dr. John L. D. Roberts Monument

A life size statue of the founder of Seaside, California.

Seaside, California, USA
StevenWhyteBobHope.jpg 2008 A National Tribute to Bob Hope and the Military

Steven Whyte was responsible for eight life-size military figures for the 3.8 million dollar project

San Diego, California, USA
StevenWhyteKingDream.jpg 2009 Column of Knowledge

A one and a half time life size portrait bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on a stack of books that influenced his life and work.

Fontana, California, USA
StevenWhyteKingSpeech.JPG 2009 Dream Speech Bust

A one and a half time life size portrait bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on top of the ‘I have a dream’ speech.

Hollywood, Florida, USA
2009 St Anthony and Child

Life size full reilef sculpture in bronze.

Carmel Mission, Carmel, California, USA
In Production John David Crow

A 1.85 time life size portrait action figure of 1957 Heisman Trophy Winner, John David Crow.

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
Pending Spiral of Life

A 22ft DNA spiral with two life size figure emerging from the top.

Healthpoint LTD, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Pending A National Monument to John Steinbeck and Cannery Row

Nine life-size figures on a 17’x14’ stone formation. Author John Steinbeck and eight characters from his novel Cannery Row.

Cannery Row, Monterey, California, USA

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Whyte married Ellen Wilson-Whyte. Whyte has one son, Corey Jacob Whyte.

Quotations[edit]

  • "I am primarily a sculptor of people. A historian, recording a likeness and creating characters of yesterday's community and today's society for tomorrow's viewer. I manipulate clay to found into bronze for the consideration by an audience, in the home, the street and the gallery. "[1]
  • “Figurative work first attracted me because of the challenge it posed. The human form is so well known, so instantly recognizable, that if it’s poorly represented you sense it immediately, you might not know why, or be able to identify exactly what is out of proportion, but you can see that something is not right.”[2]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Noszlopy, George and Fiona Waterhouse (2005). Public Structure of Staffordshire and the Black Country. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. ISBN 0853239991. 
  2. ^ a b c d Wilson, Ellen (Summer/Fall 2004). "Steven Whyte: The Next Generation of Great Figurative Sculptors". Carmel Magazine.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ a b Wilbur, Brett (Winter 2008). "Steven Whyte: An Artist at Work". Carmel Magazine. 

References[edit]

  • Noszlopy, George and Fiona Waterhouse (2005). Public Structure of Staffordshire and the Black Country. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. pp. 118, 138, 152, 29. ISBN 0853239991. 
  • 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.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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Category:English artists Category:English sculptors Category:Sculpture Category:1969 births Category:Living people