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Steven Whyte (born 17 March 1969) is a sculptor classically trained in the traditional methodology of figurative bronze sculpture living in Carmel, California who has produced many public memorials and installations in both England and throughout the United States with subjects ranging from miners, to soldiers and fire fighters. He is credited with nine major monuments including The Silverdale Mining Memorial, The Lance Sergeant Jack Baskeyfield VC Tribute, The Spirit of 1948, and The Dr. John Roberts Monument. Whyte recently completed work on a multi-million dollar, sixteen figure monument in San Diego, California entitled National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military, and two 1.5 times life size portrait busts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Column of Knowledge featuring Dr. King's bust atop the books that influenced his life and a 2nd bust above Dr. King's famous "I have a dream speech").
Whyte's current work includes a 1.85 times life size portrait monument of the 1957 Heisman Trophy Winner, John David Crow to be placed at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He is also working on The Spiral of Life Monument, a 22-foot DNA spiral for Fort Worth, Texas.
The son of Campbell MacNaughton Whyte (retired Royal Air Force) and Janice Whyte (Homemaker, Gardener and Artisan), Steven Whyte was born March 17, 1969 in Amesbury, United Kingdom and grew up in various parts of Europe including Scotland, Germany, Holland, England, and the Shetland Isles.
Whyte, a dyslexic, has been described as first using art as a social solution, rather than a potential vocation: "Art class was often the only place I felt confident that I could contribute and learn at the same rate as my peers.” Whyte's first art courses were drawing and graphic design, but it was not until high school that he began learning ceramics and sculpture. As an undergraduate, he gained full scholarship and became the youngest accepted to the Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture, under the late Professor Colin Melbourne ARCA and Dame Elisabeth Frink RA.
After leaving school, Whyte co-wrote the only validated figurative sculpture course in England and accepted a teaching position at Stafford College, then became the youngest member of the London-based Society of Portrait Sculptors, where he served as Vice President alongside President Franta Belsky PPRBS, late sculptor to the Royal Family. Whyte's early career consisted primarily of private commissions and portrait work, with over 70 completed commissioned official portraits to date.
In 2003, Whyte opened his first US open studio and gallery on Cannery Row in Monterey, California. In 2007, the Steven Whyte Sculpture Studio and Gallery moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California where it is currently open the the public every day.
The human form is Whyte's preferred subject, and he typically works with live models whenever possible. His sculptures are ultimately cast in bronze, but they begin as clay.
Steven Whyte describes himself as a "sculptor of people" and although his pieces are reminiscent of classical figures, Whyte chooses to put importance on "the emotional quality and impact of the sculpture" more than the adherence to traditional technique. Whyte intends for his work to have "narrative and tangible personality".
Whyte currently works in a studio that is open to the public. The interaction and response has become a part of his work. “There’s a constant energy. It’s like when a film actor does theater and suddenly there’s no distance between his work and the audience, the response is both immediate and honest.”
Queen’s Moat Hotel Group
A 1.25 times life size full memorial figure to the aeronautical designer of the Spitfire airplane. (Sculpted with Michael Talbot)
An over life size miner (Sculpted with Michael Talbot) pushing a mining tub with eleven bronze plaques including four life size portrait reliefs.
A twice life size (12 ft) full memorial figure of the Victoria Cross winner (only monument to a non-commissioned soldier in Britain). (Sculpted with Michael Talbot)
A 36 ft x 14 ft brick relief for Meir Interstate Tunnel Portal.
A project with Holden Land High School (21 ft x 7 ft brick relief).
A tribute for the Staffordshire Fire Service (three life-size figures in cast stone).
Founder, Hewlett Packard, Inc
A life size statue of the founder of Seaside, California.
Steven Whyte was responsible for eight life-size military figures for the 3.8 million dollar project
A one and a half time life size portrait bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on a stack of books that influenced his life and work.
A one and a half time life size portrait bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on top of the ‘I have a dream’ speech.
Life size full relief sculpture in bronze.
A 1.85 time life size portrait action figure of 1957 Heisman Trophy Winner, John David Crow.
A 22 ft DNA spiral with two life size figure emerging from the top.
In 2004, Whyte married Ellen Wilson-Whyte. Whyte has one son, Corey Jacob Whyte.
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