My studio life: Anthony Whishaw RA
By Harriet Baker
Published on 24 August 2015
From his studio in south west London, Anthony Whishaw RA tells us how he has been influenced by Goya, and why he enjoys working from two studios.
Anthony Whishaw RA was brought up in South America until he was nine years old, when he came to England to go to school. By 1952, after he had studied at the Chelsea School of Art, he was awarded a Spanish Government Scholarship to study art.
He lives and works in a studio in Kensington, south west London. The space, originally built as a studio in which to draw horses, housed his family and, more recently, has become his primary studio. He also works from a second studio in Bethnal Green, to which paintings are sent when they are “misbehaving themselves”.
We visited the artist in his studio, where he revealed his working practice, from his battle between abstraction and figuration, to why he prefers to use acrylic paints. Portraits by Eamonn McCabe.