← Back to Artists

Deborah Whyte

  • Work
  • Biography
Not what one thinks but how one thinks
Abstract drawing and painting allow me to respond to surface and materials using a continuous process of layering and repeated actions. This is countered by an opposing process of stripping back the materials and allowing the free movement of stains, paint, graphite and charcoal over, within and beneath the surface. The instability underlying the appearance of control in this process is a constant preoccupation and the work is usually not stretched or framed to question boundaries and leave potential for further development.
Deborah grew up in Yorkshire, studied philosophy at university, worked initially as a town planner and subsequently as a goldsmith in Berlin, Los Angeles and Edinburgh. After an apprenticeship in West Berlin she completed her training at the Gemmological Institute of America in Santa Monica and has exhibited in Berlin, Harrogate, Leeds, Los Angeles and Edinburgh. Five years ago she decided to concentrate on drawing and painting and has attended an independent painting group at WASPS, Dalry Road as well as courses and Summer Schools at Edinburgh College of Art.

Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, 2016, group exhibition, October 2016
Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition, Jerwood Space, London, September 2016
Display Event, Library, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, May 2016
Visual Arts Scotland, RSA, Edinburgh, 2014
RSA Open Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2014
RSA Open Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2013