Ian Whittlesea - Tahiti, Studio Print - Paul Gauguin Tenderpixel

Ian Whittlesea - Tahiti, Studio Print – Paul Gauguin


510 x 610 mm
Silkscreen on Somerset satin 300 gsm
print published by October Foundation

Edition of 25

Currently available, No. 12/25.


"I’ve made a large group of single paintings collectively called Studio Paintings, which show the address at which an artist or writer worked. They both evoke the space referred to and suggest that perhaps the room they are in could also be somewhere to work.

A piece I always have in mind is Robert Barry’s text piece that says: "A place to which we can come, and for a while, be free to think about what we are going to do." (Marcuse)

The single paintings lead on to a group of larger ones such as the Circumnavigation painting you mentioned which list locations or destinations. These were consciously more related to ideas of exile – the exile or journey of the participant (James Joyce, Darwin, Cézanne) and the exile of the artist in the studio, the paradox that to think about the world one sometimes has to withdraw from it. Mostly this came about because the paintings were taking longer and longer to make, so I was spending more and more time alone in the studio. The Joyce painting took 3 years, and the Cezanne and Darwin ones much the same amount of time."

– from an interview with Ian Whittlesea on artcornwall.org, journal for art Tahiti was the address of Paul Gauguin from 1891 till 1901

Ian Whittlesea (b 1967 Isleworth, UK) lives and works in London. He receives a BA (Hons) degree in painting from the Chelsea College of Art, London UK in 1990, and obtained his MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London Uk in 1992.

His work is concerned with words, and with the ability of text to transform the physical and psychic state of the viewer. It assumes many forms, from painstaking text paintings to printed books, ephemeral posters and transient projections, and explores the relationships between language, illustration and diagram both on the page and in the world.

A selection of recent solo projects includes Breath is Life, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool UK (2015); Attaining Cosmic Consciousness, Tenderbooks, London UK (2014); A Breathing Bulb, Marlborough Contemporary, London UK (2014); Becoming Invisible, book launch with The Everyday Press, Marcus Campbell Art Books, London UK (2014); Seven Clouds Forming, Favourbrook, London UK (2014); Becoming Invisible, Marlborough Contemporary, London UK (2013) Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture, Barbican Centre, London UK (2012); Foundations of Judo, The Narrows, Melbourne AU (2010). Recent group exhibitions among others include Resource , The Bluecoat, Liverpool UK (2015); Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London UK (2015); Everything is About to Happen, Artists Space, New York US (2014) Everything is About to Happen, Greengrassi / Corvi-Mora, London UK (2014); INFRA, Westminster Reference Library, London UK (2014); The Art Brussels Colouring Book, Art Brussels BE (2014); More than I Dare to Think About, Marlborough Contemporary, London (2013); Collective Diary, Space Mass, Hal Project, Seoul KR (2013); and An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, MASS - MoCA / Cabinet, New York US (2011). Most important publications include INFRA (Playing Cards), Vision Forum, London UK (2014) Becoming Invisible, The Everyday Press, London UK (2014); Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture, Open Editions & Stanley Picker Gallery, London UK (2012) and The Foundations of Judo, Yves Klein, Published by Everyday Press, London UK (2009). www.ianwhittlesea.net