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An Evening with Wayne White

Friday, November 4

MOCA Members $20 / Non-members $30. Includes admission to Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. Galleries will be open before and after the event.

Join us for a very special and incredibly entertaining evening with Wayne White where he discusses his life and work, his influences and his many experiences as a painter, illustrator, puppeteer, cartoonist, designer, art director, set designer and Southerner. Throughout the evening, Wayne will be narrating a flow of visually stunning images, while mixing in a little banjo and harmonica. Wayne will sign copies of his monograph “Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve,” edited by Todd Oldham after the show. 

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Wayne White is an American artist, art director, illustrator, puppeteer, and much, much more. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Wayne has used his memories of the South to create inspired works for film, television, and the fine art world. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, Wayne traveled to New York City where he worked as an illustrator for the East Village Eye, New York Times, Raw Magazine, and the Village Voice. In 1986, Wayne became a designer for the hit television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and his work was awarded with three Emmys. After traveling to Los Angeles with his wife, Mimi Pond, Wayne continued to work in television and designed sets and characters for shows such as Shining Time Station, Beakman’s World, Riders In The Sky, and Bill & Willis. He also worked in the music video industry, winning Billboard and MTV Music Video Awards as an art director for seminal music videos including The Smashing Pumpkins' 'Tonight, Tonight' and Peter Gabriel's 'Big Time.'

More recently, Wayne has had great success as a fine artist and has created paintings and public works that have been shown all over the world. His most successful works have been the word paintings featuring oversized, three-dimensional text painstakingly integrated into vintage landscape reproductions. The message of the paintings is often thought-provoking and almost always humorous, with Wayne pointing a finger at vanity, ego, and his memories of the South. Wayne has also received great praise for several public works he has created recently, including a successful show at Rice University where he built the world’s largest George Jones puppet head for a piece called 'Big Lectric Fan To Keep Me Cool While I Sleep.'

In 2009, Wayne's life and career were chronicled in an incredible 382-page monograph, edited by Todd Oldham. The book features hundreds of images from Wayne's earliest work as an illustrator all the way to his most recent fine art sculptures. He was the subject of Neil Berkeley’s 2012 documentary, Beauty is Embarrassing which will be screened at Virginia MOCA on September 20.

Wayne White. Courtesy Dress Code NY