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Wayne White  Los Angeles, CA


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'Painting That Came to Life Only to Be Mocked—Forgotten'

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About Wayne

After studying at Middle Tennessee State University, White went to New York City and worked as a cartoonist and illustrator for a number of publications including The East Village Eye, Raw, The New York Times, and The Village Voice.

In 1986 he worked on Pee Wee’s Playhouse where his work for his set and puppet designs won three Emmy awards; he also supplied a number of voices on the show. Other television credits include production and set design for Riders in the Sky, The Weird Al Show and Beakman’s World. He art directed two seminal music videos, Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” in 1986, for which he won a Billboard award for best Art Direction in a music video, and in 1996 he designed all the Georges Méliès inspired sets for the award-winning video for the Smashing Pumpkins, “Tonight, Tonight”.

More recently he has concentrated on his painting career. He takes cheap, mass-produced lithographs which he finds in secondhand thrift stores and painstakingly writes phrases or words on them in a glossy, 3-D style. His works have been compared to Ed Ruscha.

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10 of 17 reactions displayed

Coin iruebene

03.11.2011 @ 2:26 AM

pic a; a reflection of the prosperity and posterity of minds for the edification of self through diverse stages.
pic b; broadcasting the circle of emotions of a natural neighborhood


03.11.2010 @ 6:18 PM

Thought provoking and well rendered. These seem to be saying something about the homeless, or I am dreaming...


03.11.2010 @ 6:17 PM

LOVE UH! add HUH HER!!!!!!!!!!


03.11.2010 @ 5:47 PM

Love it all. Very playful and thought-provoking.


03.11.2010 @ 4:41 PM

Oddly sweet. I really enjoy the first piece.

Jerry, utah

03.11.2010 @ 4:37 PM

Mr. White proves that the secret to successful art direction as well as successful gimmicky fine art is to present something that is comfortably familiar to the viewer. Don't knock it. That's why Lennon-McCartney songs are so memorable.


03.11.2010 @ 1:08 PM

my point extactly "uh..." wtf is this?

Jim gibbons

03.11.2010 @ 11:29 AM

Our artist has had a successful career in the entertainment media, having won three Emmy's.
Ok, he now prints letters, slogans on old lithos. Not original, probably not even relevant. Certainly a jarring juxtaposition of values, of media, of an iconographic clash of styles!


03.11.2010 @ 11:28 AM

These need more purple!

Elizabeth bur

03.11.2010 @ 10:25 AM

proud to say i own the work and adore the artist!

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