Stephen Whatcott is a self-taught artist working in Worcestershire, UK. Having previously dedicated several years to focusing on figurative drawing, he has recently been working on a new series of abstract paintings since the beginning of 2016. These largely monochrome abstract paintings explore the emotional impact of the image and how we communicate with each other as human beings. By removing the figure from his work any emotion is allowed to be communicated directly to the viewer, this opens up the possibility to connect with another human being without any distractions.
There was never a conscious decision to paint in black and white, but having worked in graphite pencil on paper for years, it seems to have been a natural evolution. The paintings are built up in many textured layers while maintaining focus on the energy that is put into the mark making at every stage of the process.
He is primarily concerned with the notion of what it is to be human. As the work is emotionally driven, just to feel something that another human being is experiencing is the most important thing.