Studio Paintings – Index

Ian Whittlesea (1967 - )

Offset lithograph

2003

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  • About the work

    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.

  • About the artist
    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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    Title
    Studio Paintings – Index
    Date
    2003
    Medium
    Offset lithograph
    Dimensions
    height: 50.50 cm, width: 70.80 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Contemporary Art Society, Art Futures Exhibition, March 2004
    Inscription
    bl: I W 1/50
    Provenance
    Contemporary Art Society, Art Futures 2004
    GAC number
    17865