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.

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.

David Shrigley

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

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.

Christopher Wool

Emerging on the scene in the 1980s, Wool boasts a highly-focused artistic practice, stenciling bold black letters on white canvases.

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.

Harland Miller

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

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.