Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh
Casper White won the BP Travel Award 2017, for which he created paintings about music fans in clubs and concert venues in Berlin and Mallorca. His works range from powerful portraits on metal to softer scenes on paper, showing sitters lost in the moment and euphoria of dancing and music.
The paintings, now available through Arusha Gallery, are part of the BP Portrait Award 2018 exhibition — previously on show at the National Gallery and opening at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on 15 December.
Starting with sketches made in situ to capture gestures and mood, White completed the paintings in his studio where he recreated a club environment of disco lights and music. The captivating depictions represent a subculture, often youth-related, that is not traditionally recorded in portrait paintings.
Casper White studied fine art at the Cardiff School of Art and Design, and completed a masters at the University of Wales. He lives and works in Cardiff.