Stephen B. Whatley was born in London in 1965.He studied
at the Ipswich and Norwich Schools of Art and at the University
He has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions since 1983,
most notably in London at the Mall Galleries, the ICA (Institute
of Contemporary Art) and the Lloyds Building. Stephen has
also had regular solo exhibitions since 1988, a highlight
of which was his 1993 exhibition Hollywood Gold at
the Royal National Theatre.
Stephen’s work is in numerous private collections in
Europe, South Africa and the U.S.A. It can also be found in
notable public collections, including the BBC, the London
Transport Museum as well as The Royal Collection.
In 1999, London Transport commissioned Stephen
to paint an interior - 'The Grand Staircase' - on location
inside Buckingham Palace, for reproduction on posters, displayed
all over London Underground. In the same year, The Royal Collection
commissioned him to paint an exterior view of Buckingham Palace,
for reproduction in advertisements promoting the Annual Summer
Opening of the State Rooms.
In 2000 Stephen was commissioned by Historic
Royal Palaces to undertake a series of 30 paintings for HM
Tower of London. In the spring of 2001 these paintings were
reproduced on steel panels lining the walls of the Tower Hill
underpass, connecting Tower Hill Underground station to the
Tower of London.
In 2001, BBC Heritage commissioned Stephen
to paint a view of the Radio Theatre inside Broadcasting House
and the Top of the Pops Studio, at BBC Television Centre,
during rehearsals and recording of the programme.
In 2002, Stephen's painting of Buckingham
Palace in the Royal Collection was reproduced on the programmes
for HM the Queen's two Golden Jubilee concerts, held in the
gardens of Buckingham Palace.
Furthermore Stephen's long list of celebrity portrait sitters
includes: Dame Judi Dench, Siân Phillips, Julie Walters,
Barbara Windsor, Alec McCowen, Sir Ian McKellen, Jo Brand,
Brian Conley, Ivan Massow and Matthew Williamson.
His paintings have also been the subject of features in The
Artist Magazine, The Guardian, Guardian Weekend Magazine,
The Daily Telegraph, The Times and USA Today.
For the first time in his career the artist has now agreed
to show exclusively at Adonis Art London a set of striking
homoerotic paintings applying his unique and much celebrated
style! This exhibition will run throughout the month of February
We are extremely proud to be the first to present a ground-breaking
show of this scale, which is bound to be considered a radical
step for the artist in the public eye!