Roma 26 2020
Oil on linen
24 × 24 inches; 61 × 61 cm

During the 1990s Whitney lived in Rome for five years, an experience that proved deeply influential to his practice. “The color, the light, the ancient architecture — I never tire of contemplating Rome. Rome always clarifies and inspires my work. The current form of my painting started to take shape in the 1990s when I was absorbed in the city and looking at ancient and Renaissance architecture.” Whitney continues, “in Rome, there is an order, an ancient rhythm, that I want in my paintings.”