The Photorealistic Oil Paintings of Guest Artist William Whitney and the Floral Art of Dodie Hamilton and Friends
For photorealism as an artistic style to command serious attention in the art world, the artist must imbue his or her work with something much more vibrant and soul-satisfying than faithfulness to photographic detail. The art of William C. Whitney indeed captures this kind of excitement and haunting mystery and has won the artist acclaim and serious attention across the nation.
“While my work usually begins with photography, I’m not interested in merely duplicating a photo,” Mr. Whitney says. “My goal is to create a luscious, painted surface that recalls the captured moment and evokes a feeling, but up close, never lets the viewer forget that it’s just paint.”
William C. “Whit” Whitney studied fine art at the Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a BFA in Painting with a minor in Photography/Motion Picture. He also attended Ohio University, traveling to England his junior year, where he studied and drew human anatomy at the Nuffield College of Surgical Sciences in London. After college, Whitney began painting in the style of photorealism. One of his oil paintings, along with a graphite pencil drawing, was selected for exhibition at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Whitney’s oil paintings demonstrate influences from Edouard Manet, John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper.
In 1978, Whitney moved to New York City and found work doing commercial illustration for advertising while showing his paintings in select, small galleries. With a young family to support, Whitney continued his advertising career on Madison Avenue, eventually becoming Creative Director at a large, worldwide agency. He was transferred to Los Angeles in 2006, and six years later he retired from advertising and moved his family north to Cambria on the central California coast.
In Cambria, Whitney returned to his love of painting and his interest in photorealism, capturing the effects of light within the canvas. His work has been shown at galleries in Cambria and Paso Robles, California, while many of his paintings are in private collections around the country. He and his wife, Cheryl, moved to the Applegate River area of Jacksonville in the spring of 2015. Visit Whitney’s website at williamcwhitney.com.
Dodie Hamilton-Brandon was an Art du Jour member for several years and is also a founding member of Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland. She exhibits in several other Oregon galleries and her paintings hang in private homes, offices and commercial establishments across America and abroad. The long list of awards and honors she has accumulated over many years of painting is truly impressive. Her work is noted for vibrant color and the fluid, sparkling quality of her watercolor medium. Her subjects range from realistic florals and landscapes to mixed media abstracts, but she is best known for her renditions of iris, her favorite flower.
Several other Art du Jour Gallery artists will contribute floral paintings to our feature wall in our run-up to Medford’s annual Art In Bloom festival in early May.
Join us at Art du Jour Gallery on Third Friday, April 15, 5 – 8 p.m., to meet guest artists Whit Whitney and Dodie Hamilton, along with many of our Art du Jour artists. Our April artists’ reception will also feature live music, food and wine. Regular gallery hours are 10 – 4, Tuesday – Saturday. For more information, call (541) 770-3190.