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Language and Letters

Created on 05/2018

Letters, words and phrases - the primary tools of communication and forming narratives. Art is also a medium for artists to communicate with and narrate the world around them, so what happens when you combine the two?


Text and language-based art is primarily a postmodernist and contemporary movement although the use of letters and words in painting is not a new concept. In the past, it was used with the specific intention of authorship but in the twentieth century, incorporating language into art became more popular with the innovative Cubist works of Braque and Picasso. For conceptual artists in the 60s such as John Baldessari and Joseph Kosuth, words played a central role in the analysis and ideas surrounding visual forms.


Text-based art employs words as the principal elements. The reasons are varied; language might be used to express disillusionment with contemporary issues, to provide a commentary on society or for the pure aesthetic value of letters and words


Whether it be the bold, stencil-inspired letters of the British painter Niki Hare, the mesmerising calligraphy of Muhammed Zaman or the work of French urban artist, Tarek Ben Yakhlef who is inspired by graffiti art, comic books and Arabic calligraphy, let us inspire you with our collection of text-based contemporary paintings.

44 Artworks

The future is coming Tarek Ben Yakhlef Painting Graffiti
$560, 40x40cm
Graffiti
Pomp X Hal Mayforth Painting Acrylic on Canvas
$2,500, 77x109cm
Acrylic on Canvas
Ode an die Sehnsucht Anna Christine Maringer Painting Watercolor, Gouache, Pencil, Oil pastel on Paper
$490, 18x26cm
Watercolor, Gouache, Pencil, Oil pastel on Paper
Je suis un objet Tarek Ben Yakhlef Painting Graffiti
$560, 40x40cm
Graffiti
Alphabet Street Thibault Hermann Nesta Painting Acrylic, Graffiti on Canvas
$1,860, 92x65cm
Acrylic, Graffiti on Canvas
meine liebe lucie Erik Bonnet Painting  on Canvas
$930, 70x50cm
on Canvas
Tru Colors Thibault Hermann Nesta Painting Acrylic, Graffiti on Canvas
$1,860, 92x65cm
Acrylic, Graffiti on Canvas
Pork Loin Roast Sr. X Painting Acrylic, Graffiti on Wood
$2,660, 81x115cm
Acrylic, Graffiti on Wood
This is it Carol Mcdermott Painting Acrylic, Collage, Watercolor, Graffiti on Canvas
$2,330, 76x71cm
Acrylic, Collage, Watercolor, Graffiti on Canvas
DER MACHT NIX Christiane Lohrig Painting Acrylic, Graphite on Canvas
$1,280, 100x100cm
Acrylic, Graphite on Canvas
The Impossible Niki Hare Painting Acrylic
$2,000, 158x151cm
Acrylic
Love the world Patrick Cornée Painting Oil, Graffiti, Spray paint on Canvas
$700, 30x30cm
Oil, Graffiti, Spray paint on Canvas
Wand der Erinnerung Abdulhamid Abdalla Painting Acrylic on Canvas
$10,440, 100x180cm
Acrylic on Canvas
The Value of Error_05 Stefanie Reling Digital
$450, 21x30cm
Love_Moon, Sun Anna Christine Maringer Painting Watercolor, Gouache, Pencil, Oil pastel on Paper
$490, 18x26cm
Watercolor, Gouache, Pencil, Oil pastel on Paper
Zenith Hal Mayforth Painting Acrylic on Canvas
$2,500, 79x122cm
Acrylic on Canvas
Das Versprechen Val Wecerka Other media Acrylic on Synthetic board
$2,090, 55x55cm
Acrylic on Synthetic board
Batman Daniel Harms Painting Acrylic on Canvas
$13,910, 160x140cm
Acrylic on Canvas
George Dg  e la sua poltrona rossa Fiorentina Giannotta Painting Enamel on Canvas
$2,600, 105x120cm
Enamel on Canvas
Voglio un Cellulare Stephan Geisler Painting Acrylic, Collage, Chalk on Canvas
$8,000, 200x150cm
Acrylic, Collage, Chalk on Canvas
Obey My Ass Tinker Brothers Painting Graffiti on Canvas
$5,680, 120x120cm
Graffiti on Canvas
I am not who you think I am Niki Hare Painting Acrylic on Canvas
$4,550, 102x102cm
Acrylic on Canvas
Its a Beautiful Day Muhammad Zaman Painting Acrylic
$490, 46x46cm
Acrylic
WhoMan Erick Artik Painting Acrylic, Resin on Canvas
$2,160, 152x91cm
Acrylic, Resin on Canvas
We are all same with in Muhammad Zaman Painting Acrylic
$2,100, 91x91cm
Acrylic
SCP 38 Christian Gastaldi Painting Collage on Canvas
$2,090, 60x60cm
Collage on Canvas
Abécédaire de drapeaux français Yann L'Outsider Painting Graffiti
$3,250, 80x120cm
Graffiti
Berlin Syndrome Super Pop Boy Painting Acrylic on Canvas
$3,470, 130x130cm
Acrylic on Canvas
Doubt Niki Hare Painting Acrylic on Canvas
$4,550, 102x102cm
Acrylic on Canvas
As you found it Niki Hare Painting Acrylic on Canvas
$4,550, 102x102cm
Acrylic on Canvas
The Neon Orange One Super Pop Boy Painting Acrylic on Canvas
$3,370, 150x150cm
Acrylic on Canvas
Kate Moss, alright... Patrick Cornée Painting Oil on Canvas
$3,130, 60x120cm
Oil on Canvas
Is Difficult Niki Hare Painting Graffiti on Canvas
$4,880, 132x184cm
Graffiti on Canvas
MANDELA Alexandre Taillandier Painting
$930, 30x30cm
JAZZ Klaus Killisch Painting Acrylic, Oil, Collage on Canvas
$6,960, 100x80cm
Acrylic, Oil, Collage on Canvas
MPL 45 Christian Gastaldi Painting Collage on Canvas
$2,790, 116x89cm
Collage on Canvas
Bubblebubble... Christiane Lohrig Painting Acrylic, Collage, Graffiti on Canvas
$1,400, 100x100cm
Acrylic, Collage, Graffiti on Canvas
PARIS 29 Christian Gastaldi Painting Collage on Canvas
$1,400, 41x33cm
Collage on Canvas
Imhotep twins Pierre Ziegler Painting Acrylic on Canvas
$4,060, 120x100cm
Acrylic on Canvas
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness Stéphane Ducret Painting  on Canvas
$19,710, 198x165cm
on Canvas
SCP 33 Christian Gastaldi Painting Collage on Canvas
$2,090, 60x60cm
Collage on Canvas
Earth Aramis Navarro Painting Oil
$7,230, 135x110cm
Oil
the day that silence brought Naomi Middelmann Painting
$4,060, 100x100cm
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