Earth Piece II


Desert sand, wax, natural fibre paper

And linen thread on board

Image size: 34 x 34cm

Framed size: 50 x 50 x 3.5cm

Artist's Statement:

Made as a meditation my work contemplates and celebrates notions of simplicity and order, symmetry and balance - attempting a sense of beauty by fragile and modest means.


1969, b.Glasgow, Scotland.
Currently lives and works in the Great Karoo, a vast semi desert region of South Africa.


1995   MFA (Exchange) Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
1994   Volkskas Atelier Merit Award
1994   South African Youth Arts Festival Merit Award


1997 - 1998   Visiting artist / lecturer, Cheltenham College of Art, England
1997   Resident artist, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg

Public Commissions

1997   Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg

Public Collections

Durban Art Museum, South African Centre for Photography, Natal Technikon

Private Collections

South Africa, Australia, England, Netherlands, USA

Solo Exhibitions

2003   Alastair Whitton: Recent Works, Ibis Art Centre, Nieu Bethesda, Great Karoo
1996   Alastair Whitton: Photographs, Durban Centre for Photography
1994   Emma Smith Scholarship Award Winner, Natal Technikon, Durban

Selected Group Exhibitions

2003   12th Art Salon at the Bay: Works by contemporary South African artists, Rose Korber Art Consultancy, Cape Town
2002   Contemporary African Photography, South African Centre for Photography, Cape Town
2001   i-Scapes, PCL Gallery, Sydney
2001   Topographies, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
1999   ABSA Atelier Awards
1986 - 1999   ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg
1998   Kraal, The Gasworks, London
1998   Young South African Contemporaries, Axiom Centre for the Arts, Cheltenham
1997   Lifetimes: Contemporary Art from Southern Africa, Aktionsforum Praterinsil, Munich
1997   Photosynthesis: Contemporary South African Photography, South African National Gallery
1997   Material Evidence, Africus Institute for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg
1996   Jabulisa: The Art of KwaZulu Natal, Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
1994   Forms of the Future: Durban Sculptors, The Durban Art Museum
1994   Volkskas Atelier Awards, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg
1994   South African Youth Arts Festival Awards, Natal Technikon Art Gallery, Durban

Selected Catalogues and Publications

1999   ABSA Atelier Awards
1986 - 1999   Johannesburg, South Africa: ABSA Gallery
1998   The Gasworks Exhibitions, London, England: The Gaswork;
1998   Lifetimes: Contemporary Art from Southern Africa, Munich Germany: Aktionsforum Praterinsel
1997   Photosynthesis: contemporary South African Photography: Cape Town, South African National Gallery
1996   Jabulisa: The Art of KwaZulu Natal, Grahamstown, South African, Standard Bank National Arts Festival
1994   Volkskas Atelier Awards, Johannesburg, South Africa: ABSA Gallery

2005 All rights reserved. Origination by Di Conradie.