Oak and Iron
The Artist - Johnathon Whittaker
Johnathon Whittaker is an award winning artist and sculptor based in Plymouth Devon, carving from his workshop at home. Growing up in Barbados, he started his working career as a commercial diver. It was through this he found his love of the ocean and nature, which became the core inspiration for his carvings today. Johnathon works instinctively, allowing each piece to describe itself; he finds the symmetry and flow hidden within the raw material, often highlighting the uniqueness of wood and its inner imperfections. Sometimes polishing to a gleaming finish, adding bursts of vibrant colour, or some pieces call for a more textured surface, he highlights the similarities in the depths of nature’s beauty. Most recently, during the pandemic he went on a carving marathon to thank the NHS for the hard work they have done. He created and donated plaques to NHS trusts in England and his work currently resides in 736 hospitals, ambulance services and related medical facilities across the country. For his, he was recognised by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and declared a “Point of Light” for the United Kingdom, celebrating his exceptional carving services during the pandemic.
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