Ian Whittlesea


Ian Whittlesea’s work is concerned with words, and with the ability of text to transform the physical and psychic state of the viewer. It often uses the lives and works of other artists as source material and assumes many forms: from painstaking text paintings to printed books, ephemeral posters and transient projections. From the Studio Paintings to his brief recreation of Klein’s Judo Académie de Paris at Tate Modern, Whittlesea has consistently engaged with the legacy of conceptual art, taking text into the expanded field.