Robert C. Whiteley (Rob) originally from Leeds in Yorkshire, England, has enjoyed photography for over four decades, since he first received a Kodak Brownie 44a 35mm camera as a child, for his birthday. The choice of aperture on that device was limited to two fixed settings of f/11 and f/16 and an even smaller choice of only one shutter speed – 1/40th sec!
He progressed (?) to a Polaroid One-Step instant camera some time later – which kept him out of the dark room, but definitely sacrificed the creativity of the shots.
Nowadays, a Nikon Digital SLR is the bread and butter of his photographic repertoire and, armed with a post-session photoshop software package, he has fun creating “pop culture” renderings of wildlife pics, many taken in his favourite setting – the Kruger National Park, which is the second-largest game reserve in Africa and the largest in South Africa. It is the flagship of South African National Parks, spanning 360km, North to South and 65km from East to West, the scenic beauty of Limpopo is situated to the west, the lush Mpumalanga to the south and with Zimbabwe to the North. It has nine entrance gates and is home to the famous Big Five, the Little Five and the birding Big Six, in addition to a range of fauna and flora unique to the area.
The “Mother City” of Cape Town also provides a plentiful supply of wildlife and scenery, especially where the cold currents of Southern Atlantic meet the warm climes of the Indian Ocean at Cape Point (or at Cape Agulhas – 100kms east, depending on who you believe).
Rob is always on the lookout for new studies, angles and backdrops to add to his gamut of expositions and his passion for photography is constantly expanding into varying innovative arrays which he will continue to share with his followers, collectors and art lovers alike.
Rob takes his cue from Pop Art which is most associated with the work of New York artists of the early 1960s such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenburg and other artists who drew on popular imagery – all part of an international phenomenon in various cities from the mid-1950s onwards.
In this collection Rob has created a series of iconic interpretations of both wildlife and scenery, fashioned to complement any home, workplace or boardroom, etched onto innovative materials such as industry-grade aluminium and acrylic, as well as the artist norm of canvas, from large renderings to grace the entrance halls of DotCom Mansions, to smaller versions (often in series) to provide talking points in the executive workplace.
Andy Warhol famously once said “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.” We trust that when you view a selection of Rob’s work, you feel that, although you may not need it, you have to have it.More Art