John Whitehead works in a variety of media to create 3D sculptures on various themes. Many are passive but others have internal lighting or slowly changing images controlled by electronics.
THE PHOTOSHOOT 2013
In The Photoshoot a veneer tiled floor leads past a discarded bikini (carved yew) to a distant scene painted on the rear panel in acrylics and seen through windows with carved and stained curtains. The intricate camera, only 9cm high, is from carved yew, beech and brass.
MODEL 2 2016
The main figure here is in sycamore with stained glass. The box has internal LED lighting and runs from a low-power 12V mains adaptor.
An exquisitely carved figure gazes out from an almost stage-like setting created by carved curtains.
Sycamore, pine and acrylics.
BEHIND THE SCENES 1988
Yew, sycamore, ebony, acrylic
ABSTRACT 2 2014
Yew, aluminium, walnut, dichroic and stained glass
INCREMENTAL PIECE 1 2016
Acrylic sheet, brass, aluminium, LED and electronic control.
MODEL 1 1991
In this piece the blue semicircles slide on the diagonal bars as the disc (upper right) rotates through 180 degrees. As the two halves separate linkages push open the red acrylic sections. A complete cycle takes 3 hours and the incremental changes of form are too small to see. Internal LED illumination can be switched off independently. Power is from a mains low voltage adaptor.
WHAT LIES WITHIN 1989
Carved oak box with yew "strings" and revealed electronic board
A NEW LIFE 2015
A carved figure in sycamore with purple stained dress is seen through the door of a 3D perspective room.
A carved female figure in jeans gazes down a perspective tunnel to the blankness beyond
WHAT WILL TOMORROW BRING 2015
A leafless tree stands in a vast, 3D anonymous plaza.
Carved sycamore, veneer and acrylics.
TREE OF LIFE 2015
Carved sycamore figure with stained red dress. Various wood and acrylics 3D perspective bar.
AND SO THE NIGHT BEGINS 2016
Private collection Scotland.
Wedding present with images from the couples lives. A personal message can be read through the lens.
Private collection Cheshire.
Gift to her clockmaker husband from his wife, Isobel.
Private collection Oxford.
21st birthday gift showing memories in text and carvings.
Private collection London
This work was commissioned for a Physicist and shows a 3D representation of a nuclear particle interaction.
I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A STORM 2000
Private collection Worcestershire.
3D figure with mixed media text. Commissioned for a 21st birthday.
Private collection Stockholm
BEHIND THE MIRROR 1988
Sycamore, ebony and walnut
IN THE CLOUDS 1986
An ebony and clear acrylic figure hovers above a 3D walnut table in front of a watercolour landscape.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER 1986
In ebony and beech with aluminium detail
CLOUD COVER 2017
Carved sycamore with acrylic and painted aluminium elements,
INCREMENTAL PIECE 2 2017
Family snapshots appear in circular windows and are covered or exposed by the moving pieces containing stained glass. A full cycle takes about 3 hours. Internal LED illumination.
PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE 2016
Composite figures in carved sycamore and acrylic in a 3D setting with internal LED lighting.
A sensor detects movement and causes the central eye to blink when approached.
Private collection Cheshire
A 3D room setting with carved and painted features including a rose on the white table cloth.
INCREMENTAL PIECE 3
Private collection USA
As the wheel rotates, over about one hour, the abstract form appears to make a skiing motion.
In acrylic, carved wood, aluminium and glass.
Internal LED lighting.
THE LONELY ROAD 2017
Private collection Shropshire.
THE TOWEL 1987
Veneer tiled floor. Carved arches and curtains. Watercolour pool.
Acrylic with carved elements in yew , pine and ebony.
Images of childhood and events fill the cupboard. Silk flows from the drawer.
Watch this site for new additions as they come available
Carved figures and text showing childhood memories.
21st birthday present.
THE ACTRESS 2018
58 x 42 x 10cm
Main figure in Yew and sycamore with curtains in red stained butternut.
Currently on loan to The Players Theatre, Nantwich
Detail from CLOUD COVER II
CLOUD COVER II 2018
46 x 38 x 8 cm
Carved sycamore with acrylic and painted aluminium.
43 x 49 x 8 cm Centre scene 17 x 17 cm
Sycamore, Yew and aluminium.
COFFEE SHOP 2019
40 x 49 x 11cm overall. Centre scene 16 x 23 cm
Carved sycamore and painted elements.