Ian Whittlesea

Instruction Prints
2016

Stand still. Be quiet.
2016
Silkscreen on Somerset Satin 300gsm 
297 x 420mm 
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP, signed and numbered
Eu 170 (excluding VAT and shipping)

Close your eyes. Breath in. / Open your eyes. Breath out.
2016
Silkscreen on Somerset Satin 300gsm 
Two prints, each 297 x 420mm 
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP, signed and numbered
Eu 280 (excluding VAT and shipping)

Slowly in. Slowly out.
2016
Silkscreen on Somerset Satin 300gsm 
297 x 420mm 
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP, signed and numbered
Eu 170 (excluding VAT and shipping)


Ian Whittlesea
Born in 1967, Isleworth, UK
Lives and works in London, UK

Ian Whittlesea’s work has consistently been concerned with the intersection of language and space, using the lives, words and works of other artists as its source. He has been described as an artist of fascinatingly rigorous refinement and his work as a paradigm of concision and single-mindedness.

Collectively called Instruction Prints these works extend Whittlesea’s interest in the power of text to change the physical and psychic state of the viewer. Formally and conceptually they relate to the Statement Paintings that he made twenty-five years ago, but whereas those early paintings reproduced the didactic words of other artists the Instruction Prints use more generic and unattributed text. In their simplicity and directness they recall a parent’s instructions to a child, or perhaps the voice of a lover or a teacher. As with all of Whittlesea’s textual art they play on the tension between reading and looking, exploring the moment when language becomes object. As he has said of his earlier works:

When I first started making text paintings one of the important things was that it allowed me to side-step any debate about abstraction and representation. When you paint letters you are making the thing itself: as you paint a letter X you aren't making a representation of a letter X, it just is the letter X.