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Wade Guyton

b. 1972




Wade Guyton, Untitled, 2008. Epson UltraChrome inkjet on linen: 84 × 587 × 1 1/2 in. (213.4 × 1491 × 3.8 cm) overall. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee, the Director’s Discretionary Fund, Allison and Warren B. Kanders, Andrew and Christine Hall, Donna Rosen, Pamella DeVos, Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond J. Learsy, Ginevra Caltagirone, Miyoung Lee, and Gregory Miller  2011.22a-h
Photograph by Lamay Photo
Wade Guyton makes paintings, but he does not use paint! Instead, he works with digital technologies, such as the computer, scanner, and printer. For this painting, Guyton used his computer and the drawing tool in Microsoft Word software to create the black bars. Then he used a large inkjet printer to print that digital image onto eight linen canvas panels.

His printer is designed to print on paper, not on wide pieces of canvas, so each piece of canvas has to be folded in half to fit through the printer. When one side is printed, Guyton turns the canvas over and prints the same image on the other side. At its full scale, after going through the printer sixteen times, this artwork has been transformed from an image on a small computer screen to an enormous painting that is almost 49 feet wide and 7 feet high!


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“I’m not hoping for an accident or even courting disaster . . . The works on linen are a record of their own making, which at times can include accidents in the printing or in the physical act of making them, like when I drag a canvas across a studio floor.”

—Wade Guyton