In his monotypes, Stanley Whitney organizes the plate by means of horizontal and vertical lines, using the colour fields in between to reflect on the qualities of the single colours as well as their relation to each other. Monotypes are prints created on a featureless plate. In contrast to other printing techniques, the artist does not leave permanent marks on the plate, but simply paints on its surface. The plate thus serves as vehicle to transfer the artist’s painting or drawing onto paper creating a print with a unique character. The image cannot be repeated exactly, but the residue, "ghost", left on the plate, gives the artist the possibility testing many variations of an image.
In his series of eight black-and-white etchings, Whitney abandons his signature grid in favour of a more investigative approach, skilfully exploring the possibilities of different etching techniques, often layering one over the other, creating works of remarkable spatial depth.