Wayne White, The Melted Bag of Words in the Parked Car of My Mind, 2022. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist and Hashimoto Contemporary.


Virginia MOCA and artist Wayne White announce a signed, Limited Edition of 250 prints to support the Museum's exhibitions and education programs. This exclusive print sale launches on Friday, May 13 at 11 AM. Watch this page for the upcoming link to purchase!

The archival pigment print of White’s selected work, The Melted Bag of Words in the Parked Car of My Mind will be numbered and signed by the artist. For this image, White painted a dreamy, pink-and-orange-infused cloudscape. The phrase, The Melted Bag of Words in the Parked Car of My Mind, explodes from the center. The work is a classic mix of the artist’s humor, Southern sensibility, and superlative skill as a painter.

Print details:

» Numbered and signed by artist Wayne White
» 18"x24"
» Printed and shipped by Hashimoto Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
» Price: $250 per print. Shipping and handling ($25 per print) and applicable taxes are included at checkout. Domestic shipping only.



Wayne White is an American artist with an expansive practice. Among his many roles, White is a studio artist, art director, illustrator, and puppeteer. His upbringing in Chattanooga, TN has often served as inspiration for his work. White is well known for his word paintings which feature large text blended into found landscape paintings. White's messages pokes fun at contemporary culture and reference his Southern roots.

In 2018, White created an interactive installation at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, entitled Monitorium. In 1862, the Battle of Hampton Roads took place and the first ironclad ships met in combat on the James River as part of the American Civil War. The engagement was part of a Confederate effort to end the Union blockade on Southern ports. Although the battle was not decisive, it led to a whole new era in naval warfighting as it signaled the end of wooden warships. One of those ironclads, the Union Navy's USS Monitor sets the stage for this dynamic exhibition. In Monitorium, the artist used masks, props, puppets, sculpture, lights and sound to explore the human side of the 1862 "Battle of the Ironclads." White also created installations 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.'.

White began his career in the 1980's after graduating from Middle Tennessee State University. He worked 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. His work there earned the artist three Emmys. White has continued to work in television and has designed sets and characters for shows such as Shining Time Station, Beakman’s World, Riders In The Sky, and Bill & Willis. The artist is an award-winning art director for seminal music videos including The Smashing Pumpkins' ‘Tonight, Tonight’ and Peter Gabriel's ‘Big Time.’ Most recently, White created an animated video of Future Islands' song ‘Born in a War’ with his son, Woodrow White.

In 2009, an incredible 382-page monograph, edited by Todd Oldham chronicled Wayne's life and career. The book features hundreds of images from Wayne's earliest work as an illustrator all the way to his most recent fine art sculptures.

To explore more of Wayne's work, visit his website: