At 30 years of age, Whatson is no fly-by-night artist; he studied his craft at university before spending the next decade honing his style, which has arrived at the point he considers "progressing".
“I’ve always been painting and drawing, and I think it was during my school years I discovered I could become an artist. I spent my entire maths and science classes sketching. Let’s just say I don’t have much talent for numbers,” he laughs.
Whatson describes his style as “a mix of graphic stencils, grunge backgrounds and calligraphy-inspired graffiti, with the imagery being simplistic yet highly detailed". His message signifies peace and love, and has a very distinct female edge. That said, his work retains masculine appeal, packed with bold statements that say a lot about the world today.
Whatson says he finds motive for his art in most things – people, city landscapes, old buildings, graffiti, posters and decaying walls.
It is with a sense of irony that Whatson’s creativity is most fertile when viewing a material or structure that has degenerated and broken down. What is useless or in a state of disrepair to most people represents a beautiful canvas to Whatson's genius mind.
“A wall can change character both by people painting graffiti on it or buffing the graffiti and by wear and tear from the elements.”
While politics was a motivating force in Whatson's early days, he has since developed a more subtle expression in which graffiti and stencils blend with grey tones and vibrant colours to bring the monochromatic concrete expression of an urban, decaying wall to life. He cites Jose Parla and Cy Twombly as two such artists who he looks to for inspiration.
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