Ian Whittlesea (b.1967 UK) lives and works in London. His work is often concerned with words, and with the lives and works of other artists and writers. It assumes many forms: from painstaking text paintings to printed books, ephemeral posters and transient projections. He first became known for his ongoing series of Studio Paintings. Using white paint on a dark ground each canvas simply names the place where an artist or writer worked.
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of the place whose address they depict, instead, they simply use their presence to coerce from the experience of the space a subtle shift, so that that experience might transcend its own location. Whittlesea's paintings do not demand contemplation. At a certain stage they even become quite irrelevant as, having noted their intent, one ruminates on the spaces, charged with a magical possibility." - Juan Cruz
At first glance, the text in Whittlesea’s work appears to be mechanically reproduced, but more careful inspection reveals the discrete traces of the hand, evidence of his patient labour and emotional engagement with the work. The making of Whittlesea’s work is clearly a wilfully time consuming and meditative process resulting in pieces that are as much to do with the daily practice of painting as they are about subject.