Most of my inspiration, I look at art of the past to draw my references from, but seeing the paintings of the contemporary Wayne White was so exciting! The work was seamlessly done and from what I understood were re-worked paintings where he added a graphic-based, tongue-in-cheek element that was executed with such serious skill. I came knowing very little of White's work and left a new fan and wished I could have bought so many of his pieces to adorn my walls at home! Maybe one day sooner than later ;). Here are some photos from the opening...
Todd Oldham Studio also designed the artist monograph which also debuted that evening, which I bought right away! You must too! It's a great addition to anyone's art book collection. The book is an overview of the artist's life's work from his doodles and sketches for Pee Wee's Playhouse to his paintings as of late.
Maybe Now I'll Get The Respect I So Richly Deserve
By Todd Oldham
Design guru and art collector Todd Oldham shines the spotlight on the clever and warped world of artist Wayne White. From Wayne's early days as a production designer and puppet maker for the iconic TV show Pee-Wee's Playhouse to his unmistakable and exquisitely rendered text paintings, this monograph is a comprehensive view of Wayne White's oeuvre.- From Ammo Books website..
Wayne is a unique wordsmith, brilliantly juxtaposing irreverent and humorous phrases over existing thrift store paintings that together create a completely original and fictional landscape. Influenced by both his upbringing in rural Tennessee as well as a very sophisticated knowledge of art history, Wayne White's sensibility is completely singular and distinctive.
Wayne White's warped and perspectival words integrate into seemingly benign pastoral landscapes, creating a completely surreal experience. Wayne's expert painting chops and detailed attention to lighting and reflection, place the "new" text directly in its "original" setting. Text paintings such as "Donald Judd was a Son of a Bitch Wrecked his Train in a Whorehouse Ditch", "Poon", and "Maybe Now I'll Get The Respect I So Richly Deserve", are a welcome departure from the more-often-than-not self-aggrandizing art world. There is a mind-bending immediacy to the work that crosses pop culture and painting genres, and that brings a singular voice to the mediums of drawing, painting, and sculpture.
The thirty plus years of work represented in this monograph beautifully present Wayne White's wildly prolific life as an artist, and in fact we think it's pretty "FANFUCKINTASTIC" !