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Stephen B Whatley was born in London in 1965. He studied at the Ipswich and
Norwich Schools of Art and the University of London.
artist’s expressionist oil paintings are in numerous private collections
in Australia, Denmark, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Scotland,
South Africa, Spain, U.S.A. & Wales; and in public collections, including
BBC Heritage, Historic Royal Palaces, the London Transport Museum, the Royal
Collection, Taylor Woodrow Property Company Ltd & The Carrollton School
of The Sacred Heart,
1988, Stephen B Whatley’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions (a highlight,
his 1993 show, Hollywood Gold at the National Theatre) and in group exhibitions
- including the ICA, the Lloyd’s Building & Olympia International
Fine Arts Fair, London.
work of Stephen B Whatley has been the subject of features in the Guardian Weekend
magazine, HELLO!, MAJESTY, Metro London, the New York Times, the Sunday Express,
the Daily Telegraph, The Times, TIME & USA TODAY & major Catholic publications;
while he has discussed his work on LBC Radio & BBC London.
B Whatley’s commissions include paintings of Buckingham Palace, both painted
on location, to promote the Summer Opening of the Palace in 1999 & 2000,
via London Underground posters: an exterior view of the Palace for the Royal
Collection (which hangs today in Her Majesty‘s London residence); and
a painting of the Grand Staircase inside the Palace - now owned by the London
2000, the artist was commissioned to paint a vibrant series of 30 iconic paintings
for Her Majesty’s Tower of London- many painted on location in and around
the Tower. Since 2001, the entire series of works are reproduced through the
public walkway that leads to the Tower of London. In 2004, Stephen was presented
to HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, in recognition of this work.
many portrait sitters include: actors, Frances Barber, Elizabeth Dawn MBE, Dame
Judi Dench, Barry Foster, Susan Hampshire OBE, Alec McCowen CBE, Maria McErlane,
Virginia McKenna, Lana Morris, Sir Ian McKellen, Siân Phillips CBE, Nyree
Dawn Porter OBE, Alison Steadman OBE, Julie Walters OBE, Finty Williams, Barbara
Windsor MBE, Sir Ian McKellen & Alec McCowen CBE; TV presenters, Sarah Greene
& Valerie Singleton OBE; comedienne Jo Brand; entertainer Brian Conley;
Casting Director, Paul De Freitas; Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year,
Patsy Bloom; fashion designer, Matthew Williamson; dental surgeon, Cheong F
Ng; veteran politicians Tony Benn & Barbara Castle; entrepreneur Ivan Massow;district
judge Angus Hamilton;recorder of the Crown Court, Sir Graham Eyre QC and barristers,
Christina Gorna and Michael Mansfield QC.
2006 Stephen B Whatley was listed in David Buckman’s dictionary Artists
in Britain Since 1945. In 2008 his portrait of Barack Obama was published in
TIME magazine. In 2011 his tribute to “William & Kate” was published
In 2012 his Diamond Jubilee tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II was exhibited at
the Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair. In 2013 Stephen donated
his tribute painting of ‘Fred Flintstone’ which was auctioned and
raised funds for the Joss Searchlight Children’s Cancer Support Charity,
at a special London charity art auction.