8 Text-Based Artists to Collect

Artsy Specialist
Apr 3, 2018 11:39am
Discover text-based art that you’ll enjoy seeing (and reading) every day. From Robert Indiana’s Love to Mel Bochner’s Blah Blah Blah, these paintings and prints can add a sense of humor to any wall.
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Juan Uribe

With a simple aesthetic of ink on paper, the Colombian painter and sculptor reveals the inner thoughts of a young artist navigating the art world.
$200

Wayne White

White—a former designer for Pee-wee’s Playhouse and subject of the documentary Beauty is Embarrassing (2012)—is now known for his acerbic, brightly colored word paintings.
$2,500–5,000

David Shrigley

The prolific Glasgow-based artist uses a sketchbook style of drawing to showcase his dark, yet laidback sense of humor.
£850–2,500

Tracey Emin

These confessional statements of love are written in Emin’s own handwriting—and have become some of the Turner Prize winner’s most recognizable motifs.
€1,000–2,500

Christopher Wool

Emerging on the scene in the 1980s, Wool boasts a highly-focused artistic practice, stenciling bold black letters on white canvases.
$5,000–7,500

Robert Indiana

Love, hope, and heal have become Indiana’s four-lettered catchphrases—the Pop artist has published these words in a variety of colorways, languages, and media since 1965.
$7,400–15,000

Harland Miller

Combining photorealism and pop art, Miller reimagines Penguin’s literary classics with satirical titles such as “Hates Outta Date” and “Overcoming Optimism.
£2,500–12,500

Mel Bochner

Bochner—a pioneer of Conceptual art—often fills entire canvases with the same word (or its synonyms) to explore the relationship between language, space, and color.
$20,000–30,000