Drawing on a personal archive as well as art, historical and literary sources, Alastair Whitton makes ‘photo-objects’, artist’s books, paintings and text works that are essentially concerned with notions of structural composition and the ways in which we recognize, recall and navigate the world around us. He graduated from the Natal Technikon School of Art in 1994 and subsequently furthered his studies at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. He is the recipient of a number of awards including a Volkskas Atelier Merit Award (1994), the Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship Award (1994) and a PUMA Grant (2009).
The artist’s work has been featured in various survey exhibitions at venues including, amongst others the South African National Gallery; Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon; FotoMuseum, Antwerp; Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome and The Centre for Book Arts, New York; Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice and Pratt Institute, New York.
Whitton’s work is represented in various corporate and public collections including the Durban Art Museum; University of South Africa; South African Centre for Photography; Ellerman House; Jack Ginsberg Collection; National Museum of Mali and the Luciano Benetton Collection in Venice, Italy.