I first noticed John Whittall’s paintings when he was a student at the Royal Academy Schools in the early seventies. Honest exercises in observation, they were painterly in the handling of brush and paint, cool intone and scrupulously judged- characteristics that have remained constant in his work -and suggested an obstinate single-mindedness and old fashioned determination rare in an age that was already crowded with young artists wedded to the fashionable cutting edge of art.
Brian Sewell, Art Critic and Author 1999
John Whittall trained at Camberwell School of Art then at the Royal Academy Schools, London leaving in 1972
Since then he has painted full-time in portraiture, still-life and landscape.
John’s work is in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, The Walpole collection and Westminster Abbey.