Stephen Willats


V.D.U.Transformation-Series-No11. (1993)Democratic-Grid-No.15. (2002)Conceptual Tower Series No.34. (1994)

Coming Nearer And Nearer And Nearer

Panel 1. Street Talk Amsterdam


Artist's website

SHOW: Assumptions and Identity, Identity and Assumptions (2008)

Since the early 1960’s, the artist, Stephen Willats, has been leading a critical examination of environments shaped by contemporary life and has initiated the representation of a social agenda in art practice. Willats is one of the forerunners of conceptual art in Europe, embracing cybernetics, computer technology, semiotics and behavioural and social psychology in the furtherance of the element of interactivity which continues to be one of the key drivers in his work. This has inspired Willats to take his art practice directly into a range of environments that represent universally familiar contemporary cultural icons such as the housing estate or the urban shopping street. Stephen Willats is an international figure in contemporary art; he has worked in the Netherlands since the 1970’s where his work is represented in several public collections, it has been exhibited in the Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven, De Gemeente Museum den Haag, Breda, Venlo etc. Most recently his work was seen in Becoming Dutch in the Van Abbe Museum.