Aspex Guildhall is delighted to present ‘HMS Daedalus’, a panoramic painting
installation from fine artist Kim Whitby.
The body of work formed part of Whitby's MA and will be accompanied by large ink drawings and
smaller artworks, inspired by the artist’s relocation to Hampshire and its unique environments.
The artist said: "I am excited to have the opportunity to show this long painting in its entirety in
Hampshire for the first time."
Discussing her inspiration, the artist said: “I was mid way through my MA when my serviceman husband
was relocated to Portsmouth. This meant very long journeys back to Aberystwyth for my studies, but
viewing Hampshire with outsiders eyes, was inspiring.
The site of former HMS Daedalus, HMS Victory, Burseldon windmill, to name but a few, helped
consolidate my fascination with unique places and spaces. I am a figurative artist; making pictures of
things that visually interest me in my environment and close geography. I was lucky to have had the
experiences of rural Wales, coastal towns and major historical cities to inspire me, but my three years in
Hampshire has been both fascinating artistically and unexpectedly successful”.
Whitby graduated from Aberystwyth University's School of Art with a Fine Art MA in December 2014.
Previously, she received a BEd Hons in Art from King Alfred's College Winchester, that saw her pursue
a career in primary education.
In 2016 Whitby won the London Pintar Rapido plein air painting competition, and became a finalist on
‘Sky Art’s Landscape Artist of the Year’. She has also been identified as an 'Artist To Watch’ by Artists
and Illustrators magazine. The artist is also currently completing a commission with Hampshire Cultural
Trust and the Jane Austen House Museum.
Whitby is a member of Aspex’s Artist Associate programme, a scheme which helps artists build their
network of contacts and develop their creative career. Whitby says “I have benefited greatly from having
a professional artist's advice and support system so close to where I live."
The exhibition will be located in the cafe space of Portsmouth Guildhall . Since 2014, Aspex and the
Portsmouth Cultural Trust have been partnering to showcase the very best in contemporary art from
emerging artists based in the South of England.
‘HMS Daedalus’ will be on show from 13 March - 2 June 2017.