With a body of work spanning twenty-five years that includes photography, painting, artist books, sculpture, and installation, Alastair Whitton has explored multiple mediums and processes. His works are essentially concerned with notions of structural composition, the materiality of form and the ways in which we see and make sense of the world.
He graduated with distinction from the (then) Natal Technikon School of Fine Art in Durban, South Africa in 1994 where he was the top student in the Faculty of Art and Design and was subsequently awarded the Emma Smith Scholarship to further his studies at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.
To date he has presented seven solo exhibitions and his work has been featured in exhibitions at notable museums and institutions including the Carreau du Temple, Paris (2017-2018); University of Johannesburg (2017); Pratt Institute, New York (2016); Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome (2015); Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice (2015); The Center for Book Arts, New York (2014); Museo Casa dei Carraresi, Treviso (2014); Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (2011); Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (2011); IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2010); FotoMuseum, Antwerp (2010); Johannesburg Art Gallery (2010); Musee National du Mali, Bamako (2009); University of Pretoria (2009); National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare (2002); Gasworks, London (1998); South African National Gallery, Cape Town (1997); Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg (1997); Africus Institute for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg (1997) and the Durban Art Museum (1994).
His has participated in various international art fairs and festivals including amongst others AKAA: Also known as Africa, Paris (2017-2018); FNB Joburg Art Fair; Johannesburg (2013-2014; 2009-2011); Investic Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town (2013-2019); Open Design Festival, Cape Town (2015); Head On Photo Festival, Sydney (2013); Out of Africa Festival, Munich (1997) and EAB Art Fair (Editions: Artists’ Books), New York (2009; 2013).
Whitton’s work is represented in the collections of the Durban Art Museum, University of South Africa, Jack Ginsberg Collection, South African Centre for Photography, National Museum of Mali and the Luciano Benetton Collection in Venice amongst others.