In a series of works, Ian Whittlesea painted the written addresses of different artists' studios around the world. By alluding to places only with text and not images, he indicated real spaces by their absence. 'Studio Paintings - Index' is a lithograph that replicates smaller versions of many of these paintings, each commemorating an association between the history of a place and an artist. Traditionally, artists recreate portraits and scenes in time. Whittlesea's paintings purposefully avoid pictorial reference. This focus only on the addresses of studios recalls the literary technique of James Joyce, whose novels "Ulysses" and "Finnegan's Wake" also listed the numerous addresses of the places where he had written each novel.
Ian Whittlesea was born in London in 1967. He studied for his BA at Chelsea School of Art between 1987 to1990, and for an MA in sculpture at the Royal College of Art (1990–92). He was nominated for the Jerwood Artists Platform Prize in 2003. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Melbourne, Amsterdam, London and Dublin.
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