Guy James Whitworth was born under a wandering star in the industrial North East of England.
Early on he showed a flair for everything artistic and won a handful of drawing prizes whilst still at school. In his late teens he moved to London to attend art school specialising in fashion illustration. After living in London for just long enough to know it wasn’t for him, Guy’s love of travel saw him living in a few capitol cities around the world.
Over the following decades Guy tried his hand at many trades; model, costume designer, performer, poet and illustrator, with, well, let’s just say varying degrees of success, but after all, who can appreciate success without firstly knowing failure?
After a few re-locations Guy now calls Australia home and resides in Sydney’s Surry Hills. He has returned to his first and constant true love; Art!
Showing his work in many places and in many galleries, in both group and solo shows notably, The Artesian Well in London and Pine Street Gallery, M2 and Bondi Pavilion in Sydney as well as numerous places around Australia.
Known for using primary colours where other artists would use pastels, and for his unique and bold style; his work is both recognisable yet constantly evolving.
Primarily a portrait artist, Guy has also completed both architectural and landscape commissions, yet his most recognisable works are either his full figure, stylised nudes in his recognisable bright pallet, or for his melancholic bicycle studies (he refers to as Bikescapes) that flirt with the metaphor of personal freedom and represent more than just the familiar idea of plain old push bikes.
Guy’s solo exhibitions have been a huge hit with both the public, collectors and critics, with ABC online calling him ‘one of the most promising and collectible artists’ around at the moment.
Over the past few years Guy has also turned to documentary film making to get his message and work ‘out there’. A short film about his exhibition “A Queer Aesthetic” is currently doing the round on the film festival circuit. Other films are also currently in the works with a central narrative of creating linking the films together.
Late 2019 sees the publication of Guy’s first book, Signs of a struggle (published by Clouds of Magellan Press) with initial reviews calling the book both inspiring and a ‘must read’. Copies can be ordered via Amazon; here
Although born under a wandering star, without a doubt there is a very clear pathway ahead for Guy James Whitworth.
Photographers: Nicola Bailey, Chris McKeen, Fliss McKeen, Pete Dovgan and Ryan Alexander