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Wayne White

Born in 1957 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Lives and works in Los Angeles.


B.F.A. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014  FOE, York College of Pennsylvania, York, Pennsylvania

2013  Halo Amok, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Wayne White: Masterworks 2000 - 2009, Western Project, Los Angeles, California
Wayne White, Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Rochester, New Hampshire
DUNNO, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, Texas
Wayne White: Selected Works, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI

2012 Spark in the Void , Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
BIG LICK BOOM, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia
I Say A Lot Of Things, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2011  Sand Mountain Tractor , Western Project, Los Angeles, California
Campus Gate Art Gallery, Young Harris College, Young Harris, Georgia
New Paintings, Zeitgeist, Nashville, Tennessee

2010 I Fell 37 Miles to Earth 100 Years Ago, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2009  Big Lectric Fan to Keep Me Cool While I Sleep, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Way To Go Mr. Subtle, Mireille Mosler Ltd., New York, New York

2008  Drop the Country Boy Act, Western Project, Culver City, California

2006  I’m Lost in a Spaceship Mamma, Clementine Gallery, New York, New York

2005   Organic Remains of a Former World, Western Project, Culver City, California

2004 The Wrong Question Asker: New Work by Wayne White, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee
Changing Role Gallery, Naples, Italy
Solo Exhibit, Art Barn Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Southern Daddy Shame Ray, Clementine Gallery, New York, New York

2003 Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, California

2002   I’m Not Goin Around Advertising Surrealism, Clementine Gallery, New York, New York
Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas

2001 Single Head Occupancy, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1998  Painting Show, Fred 62, Los Angeles, California

1995 Painting Show, Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1991 One Man Show, Art Barn Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  Western Project at Werkartz, Group Show: Carole Caroompas, Dion Johnson, Patrick Lee, Wayne White, June 3 - 29, 2018.

2013   Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
The 10th Circle: Scott Anderson, Erin Cosgrove, Jimi Gleason, Kyla Hansen, Brian Porray, Jaime Scholnick, Nicolas Shake, Wayne White, curated by David Pagel, Vast Space Projects, Henderson, Nevada (catalogue)

2012  Commodores, Coastline College Art Gallery, Coastline College, Newport Beach, California
Text- Message, Bleicher Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Space/Form, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Grey Full: A Group Exhibition curated by Geoffrey Young, Bailey Gallery, New York
Bad For You, Shizaru Gallery, London, England. Curated by Beth Dewoody

2011  Wild Kingdom, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

2010  A Torrent of Words: Contemporary Art and Language, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Small Works: Art and Object, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Sarah Emerson, Casey Millard, Wayne White, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, Indiana

2009 there’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you..., Marty Walker Gallery,  Dallas, Texas
Pictures of Words, Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne, Germany
We’re Not the Jet Set, Western Project, Culver City, California
Rich Text, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Just What Are They Saying…, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Summertime ’09, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Collected Works, Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas
The First Six Years, Western Project, Culver City, California
New Voices on The Wolfsonian, Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach, Florida, curated by Todd Oldham

2008  L.A. Now, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Funny Not Funny, Bellwether Gallery, New York, New York
Sculpture Part II, Western Project, Culver City, California
Reflections from the Artist’s Eye: Contemporary Art from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
Build up, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Six from L.A., Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

2007  Beauty is Embarrassing, Western Project, Culver City, California

2006  Word: Language in Contemporary Art, Platform Gallery, Seattle,  Washington
Art Rock 2006, Rockefeller Center, New York, New York
In This House That I Call Home, Western Project, Culver City, California

2004  In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Baby, Western Project, Culver City, California Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2003  Word Works, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, New York
Clementine @ Hallwalls, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York
The Fifth Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, traveling exhibition, United States of America

2002  Trade Show, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, California
Clementine @ Bellwether, Bellwether Gallery, New York, New York
Mixer02, Monique Meloche, Chicago, Illinois

2001  Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas
Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Nashville Funnies, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee

1993  Comic Power, Exit Art Gallery, New York, New York

Selected Bibliography

2012 Lewis, David, "Beauty Is Embarrassing: An artist remains playful/ 3 stars", Kansas City, September
Bartolone, Tony, 'Wayne White Brings Humor into Fine Art in Beauty is Embarrassing", The Huffington Post, Arts & Culture, August 2012
Thompson, Julie,"Wayne White",….might be good, July 2012
Williamson, Caroline,"Wayne White", Design-Milk, June 2012
Tidwell, Daniel, "A Converstation with Artist Wayne White", Nashville Public Television, April 2012
"Beauty Is Embarrassing Reveals Wayne White’s Wackiness", The Huffington Post March 2012
"Home made success: Beauty Is Embarrassing is the quirky, uplifting story of artist Wayne White, true American hero", Culture Map Austin, March 2012

 2011 Pagel, David, "Art Review: Wayne White’s Sand Mountain Tractor at Western Project," Los Angeles Times, May 31, 2013

2010 "Showing Wayne White", Arrested Motion, March 8, 2010
Simek, Lucia, "Beyond White Space: Wayne White", D Magazine Front Row, February 25, 2010

2009 Meyers, Holly, Americana with an Urban Twist, Los Angeles Times, August 21, 2009, p. D23
Oldham, Todd, “Wayne White” (monograph), published by AMMO Books
Kelly, Danielle, “Now we’re talkin’! Pagel brings the best of LA to town with magnificent results,” Las Vegas Weekly, p. 60 J
onathan Ferrara Gallery, Just What Are They Saying..curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, catalogue
Nys Damrot, Shana, On THE Radar: Seventeen Artists You Should Know About”, THE magazine, September, p. 9.
Dansby, Andrew, ’Wayne White Brings His Wild Imagination to Houston’, Houston Chronicle, September 30, 2009
Ridley, Jim,”After 25 Years…”, Nashville News, September 30, 2009
Stark, Jessica, “Ragged but right installation transforms Rice Gallery into puppet Show”, Rice News, September 9, 2009
Davenport, Bill,”Wayne White at Rice University”, Glasstire, September 29, 2009
James, Patrick, “The Magic Wordsmith”, Good Magazine, July 2, 2009

2008 Dambrot, Shana Nys, “‘SCULPTURE: Part Two’ at Western Project,” Artweek, October 2008, p. 16
Pagel, David, “Rambunctious group energy,” Los Angeles Times, August 29, 2008, p. E17
Roberts, Kathleen, “Continental Divide: A Western State of Mind,” Illustration by Wayne White, The New York Times, Week in Review, September 14, 2008, pp. 1, 7
Sandals, Leah, “Snowball Effect,” National Post, Canada, March 24, 2008  “Wayne White: Los Angeles,” Flavorpill, Issue 260, February 19, 2008

2007    Brooks, Kimberly, “First Person Artist: Wayne White,” Huffington Post, November 24, 2008
Kite, Buddy, “The 2007 Esquire 100: No. 015, Wayne White Word Pictures,” Esquire, October 2007, pp. 170-171, 219.
Ruble, Casey, “Wayne White at Clementine,” Art in America, February 2007, pp. 150-151.
Safire, William, “On Language,” The New York Times Magazine, Illustration by Wayne White, November 4, 2007, p. 20.

2006 Kraus, Chris; Jane McFadden and Jan Tumlir, LA Artland: Contemporary Art in Los Angeles,” London: Black Dog Publishing. Reyes, Paul, “Secondhand Sublime; Junking with the Weirdest Landscape Painter in America,” The Oxford American, Winter 2006, pp. 106 – 115. Sonnenborn, Katie Stone, “Arcade Amusements at the Big Fair,” catalogue essay, Wayne White: Clementine.

2004 Roberts, Julie, “The Wrong Question Asker: New Works by Wayne White,” Nashville Scene, January 20, 2004, p. 1.
Shulick, Hollie, “Out of the Jungle,” The Tennessean, January 14, 2004, pp. 1, 3.

2003   “Clementine @ Hallwalls,” exhibition catalogue, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY. February 15 – March 29, 2003
Huntington, Richard, “Art from Non-Art,” Gusto, Buffalo, NY, February 21, 2003

2002 Dailey, Meghan, “Wayne White, Clementine Gallery,” Artforum, September 2002 E.N. “Wayne’s World,” New York Magazine, p. 134, June 10, 2002.
Levin, Kim, “Wayne White,” Village Voice, New York, June 25, 2002
Newhall, Edith, “Wayne's World,” New York Magazine, June 10, 2002
Schoenkpf, Rebecca, “Apocalypse Now,” OC Weekly, Vol.8, no. 05. October, 2002.
Valdez, Sarah, “Gallery Reviews,” Paper, 2002, p. 134.
Walsh, Daniella, “Scenery as Metaphor,” OCRegister.com

2001  Klaasmeyer, Kelly, “The Not-So-Great Outdoors; Inman Exhibit Explores the Darker Side of Mother Nature,” Houston Press, August 16, 2001

Museum Collections

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, California
New Museum of Contemporary, New York, New York
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California


1996 Best Art Direction, Music Video, “Tonight Tonight”, MTV Music Video Awards.

1989/ 1986 Three Emmys for production design, “Pee-Wee's Playhouse.”

1987 Best Art Direction, Music Video, “Big Time”, Billboard Magazine.

Cartoonist and Illustrator

1990/ 1980   New York Times, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, High Times, East Village Eye, Bad News, Raw Magazine, and various trade publications.

Director, Producer, Writer, Designer

2000 “Fraturday” promos, WB Network.

1994 “Ask Shorty”, puppet segments for Show Time Network series, Twisted Puppet Theatre. “Bill and Willis”, a five-minute puppet film for MTV's Liquid Television, Colossal Pictures.


1993   Cable Ace Awards, Art Direction, “Beakman's World.”

1987 MTV Music Video Awards, Art Direction, “Big Time.” Five Emmy nominations


1988/1989    Voice of “Vance the Pig”, in Paramount feature, “Big Top Pee-wee.” Voice of “Randy”, “Dirty Dog”, “Roger the Monster”, “Mr. Kite”,

1986 “Flower”, “Magic Glasses”, and on-screen actor in “Picture Phone Booth” sequence on “Pee-wee's Playhouse”, CBS.

Production Designer

2003/2002 Director and Head Puppeteer, Snapple commercial advertising campaign.

2000 “Animal Jam”, Jim Henson Company.

1998 Fox Family Channel, interstitial, designed all sets.

1997 “Weird Al Show”, CBS, designed all sets and graphics.

1996 “Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Tonight Tonight’ - music video”, Dayton/Faris Productions, designed all sets. “Cartoon Gang”, Cartoon Network, designed set for interstitial segments. “Baily Kipper's P.O.V.” MTM Productions. Live action/animated Saturday Morning children's show on CBS, produced all animated segments.

1996/1992 “Beakman's World”, Columbia Pictures Television. Live action/animated Saturday morning children's show on CBS, designed sets, puppets and animation.

1995 “Carrot Top's A.M. Mayhem”, Cartoon Network, designed sets for live-action show.

1991 “Riders in the Sky”, CBS, live action/animated Saturday morning children's show, designed sets, puppets, and animation.

1989/1986 “Pee-wee’s Playhouse”, CBS, designed and constructed sets and puppets, performed as a puppeteer. “Shining Time Station”, PBS, starring Ringo Starr, designed and constructed sets and puppets, performed as a puppeteer.

 1987 “Wayside School”, ABC, half-hour comedy pilot, designed and constructed sets and puppets, performed as puppeteer.

1986 Peter Gabriel's “Big Time”, music video. Peter Wallach Studios, designed all sets, animation sequences, costumes, and drew storyboards.

1985 “Mrs. Cabobble's Caboose”, WDCN, Nashville PBS, Children's Music education series, designed and constructed sets and puppets.