Ishbel McWhirter

Tom Conti, b. 1942. Actor (1985)

About this artwork

This watercolour portrait represents Tom Conti, a Scottish actor and theatre director. Born in Paisley to an Italian father and an Irish mother, Conti started his acting career with the Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1959. During the 1970s he appeared frequently on stage as well as in various TV series. In 1979 he made his Broadway debut as Ken in ‘Whose Life is it Anyway?’, a role for which he received several awards. Conti has since starred in many films, including ‘Reuben, Reuben’ (1983), ‘Saving Grace’ (1985) and ‘Shirley Valentine’ (1989). More recently, he has been a guest on ‘Friends’ (1998) and ‘Cosby’ (1999) and starred in the play ‘Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell’ (2006). Conti has been married to Scottish actress and artist Kara Wilson since 1967. Their daughter Nina is also an actress.

Ishbel McWhirter

Ishbel McWhirter

Mcwhirter was born in London, the daughter of a Welsh mother and a Scottish father. She grew up in North Wales and was educated at Summerhill, the experimental boarding school in Suffolk founded by AS Neill. Her talent was spotted by Oscar Kokoschka whilst she was still a schoolgirl and she moved to London in 1946 to become his pupil. She is best known for her sensitive, introspective portraits, often painted to commission, but she also paints landscapes and still-life.