Dave White - portrait

Dave White

United States 1971



Dave White
Dave White
United States
October 28, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Big expectations can turn out to be an obstacle on a way to great achievements. Especially if you’re compared to the ones like Andy Warhol. Overcoming that burden, Dave White has successfully made his way into the heights of the contemporary art scene. Known for his variety of subject matter, from sneakers to endangered species, he actually chooses the things he’s emotionally connected with. He discovered these objects and animals in his childhood and forged a strong bond with them. The artist seeks inspiration in and is heavily influenced by the things he loves, and right in there lays the secret of his success. It is extraordinary how White, not matter how acclaimed he becomes or how much attention he gets from the world’s press, remains attached to the same things he loved since he was a kid and manages to stays what he’s deep down in his soul – a marvelous painter.

The artist is known for his variety of subject matter

Dave White - Sea Turtle Movement, 2015, hand finished limited edition by dave white will appear in exhibition, read dave white contact for information, white background
Dave White – Sea Turtle Movement, 2015

Jordan and Coca-Cola

Dave White is a renowned Liverpool-born contemporary painter known for his various subject matters such as sneakers, animals, and superheroes. His unique expressive style of painting is defined by thick, animated brush strokes and his art oozes colour and vigour. Instantly recognizable, his artworks present splendid oil paintings with a stark sense of life, motion, and emotional integrity. Born on February 19th, 1971, Dave White earned a BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting) from Liverpool John Moores University in 1994. The same years he was listed for the Northern Graduates show at the Royal College of Art where he first exhibited animal portraiture. In 2002, Dave White pioneered the movement known as “sneaker art” which brought international exhibitions and appearances. White’s masterful execution of pop art inspired sneaker portraits has led to collaborations with Nike, Jordan, and Coca-Cola. His collection was showed throughout the world including the People’s Square Exhibition Hall in Shanghai to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Centre in the USA.

He’s worked with some of the biggest brands in the world such as Nike and Coca-Cola

Dave White - Warrior XVI, 2013 - Warrior XIV, 2013, read about dave white and limited hand made edition, story of dave white, white color
Dave White – Warrior XVI, 2013 / Warrior XIV, 2013

The Subjects

Acclaimed as the United Kingdom’s Andy Warhol, Dave White has since turned his hand to the more intimidating subject matter of great white sharks. Fascinated by endangered wildlife and species from around the world, his Natural Selection and Aquatic series deals with the dynamism, movement and presence of wild animals like tigers, orangutans, sea turtles and more. Featuring a range of large-scale oils, watercolours, and some very limited editions, Albion series explores the heritage and iconography of the British wildlife in White’s dynamic signature style. In 2014, Dave White has a debut solo show with the Apex collection at Gusford in LA. In his latest series of works Critical, the artist returns to pop art inspired animal portraits which focus on a species’ unique aesthetic.

The latest series features pop art inspired animal portraits

Dave White - Red Panda, 2015 - Tiger III, 2015, dave white has finished the latest edition, dave white latest work
Dave White – Red Panda, 2015 / Tiger III, 2015

Art is an Instinct

He considers art to be a primal feeling, similar to hunger, it’s an instinct. That need to create has guided him from the start of his career. White’s work has been widely recognized shortly after graduation, and as his popularity grew, so did his participation in group exhibitions. Naturally, he also started to exhibit as a solo artist. When he was 26, his artworks appeared along the ones made by the greats such as Picasso and David Hockney. Dave White’s work has been included in exhibitions at galleries and museum worldwide including The Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London; Imazoo Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Opera Gallery, New York; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Seoul Art Museum, Korea; Galerie Wild Zurich; Tomofuko Gallery, Tokyo; Source Gallery, Shanghai; Refill Gallery, Sydney; Galerie Wild, Frankfurt; and White Gallery, Beijing, to name a few. His oil paintings have been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Telegraph, GQ, and Time Out.

Art is a primal feeling similar to hunger

Dave White - Stag IV, 2015 - Stag V, 2015, dave white edition press is finished, dave white, white canvas and white color
Dave White – Stag IV, 2015 / Stag V, 2015

The Energy

Love is truly a powerful source of inspiration. When combined with talent and ability to constantly produce high-quality artworks, you get the career of Dave White summarized in a couple of sentences. But it is so much more. He is so much more. The artist has justified his title of ‘The new Andy Warhol’ and has successfully overcome the weight of it. Through his expressive and highly energetic style, he’s managed to show the viewers the things he cares about, to capture their attention and earn their respect.

Dave White is represented by Hang-Up Gallery in London, UK.

Dave White lives and works in Bridport, Dorset, United Kingdom.

Featured image: Dave White – portrait, photo credits Nicolaj Didriksen.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Art on Paper FairNew York, USAGroup
2016The London Art Fair 2016London, UKGroup
2015HibernateHang Up Gallery, LondonGroup
2015CriticalLoughran Gallery, LondonSolo
2015Summer ShowJoseph Gross Gallery, New YorkGroup
2015Dog DaysHang Up Gallery, LondonGroup
2015MixLawrence Alkin GalleryGroup
2015London Original Print Fair with Jealous GalleryLondonGroup
2015UnknownLoughran Gallery, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
2015Jealous Take OverThe Cock n' Bull Gallery (Tramshed), LondonGroup
2014AlbionLoughran Gallery, LondonSolo
2014ApexGUSFORD, Los Angeles, USASolo
2014This is JealousJealous Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Hang Up Collections - Volume IHang Up Gallery, LondonGroup
2014MixLawrence Alkin Gallery, LondonGroup
2014SprungLoughran Gallery, LondonGroup
2013AquaticLawrence Alkin Gallery, LondonSolo
2013Sold Out, A Limited Edition RetrospectiveLoughran Galley, LondonSolo
2013MonochromeGalleri Jules Julian, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2013UnknownLoughran Gallery, Shoreditch LondonGroup
2012Natural SelectionGalleri Jules Julian, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2012Natural SelectionThe Hospital Club Gallery, LondonSolo
2012RE:DEFINEGoss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, USAGroup
2012BT Art Box Trafalgar SquareLondonGroup
2012CNNCTD+100New Museum of Contemporary Art, New YorkGroup
2011AmericanaGalleri Jules Julian, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2011AmericanaThe Coningsby Gallery, LondonSolo
2011Dunkeys Evolve with CoolrainImazoo Gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2011Mixed UpGalerie Jules Julian, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
201115 Artists Interpret South ParkOpera Gallery, New YorkGroup
2010Size XThe Air Gallery, Dover St, LondonSolo
2010Forgotten Alchemy, Liverpool International Biennial of Contemporary ArtLiverpoolSolo
2010Project on Creativity (Installation) All Things DigitalLos AngelesSolo
2010Forgotten Alchemy, Art CopenhagenCopenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2010Project on CreativityNew Museum of Contemporary Art, New YorkGroup
2009Sweethearts and SirensGalerie Jules Julian, CopenhagenSolo
2009New WorksGalerie Wild, FrankfurtSolo
2009Kunst ZurichZurichGroup
2009Rising StarsSeoul Art Museum, KoreaGroup
2009EISZEITGalerie Wild ZurichGroup
2008Planes, Tanks and AutomaticsTruman Brewery, LondonSolo
2008The Original SevenSeksan Gallery, Kuala LumpurSolo
2008Amerikanische Kunst & Pop ArtGalerie Wild FranfurtGroup
2008Be TruePop Art Gallery, SeoulGroup
2007The GoodThe Bad and The Ugly, Art Basel Miami Solo
2007The Court's a BattlefieldIguapop Galeria, BarcelonaSolo
2007Unveiling Cherry CokeDia Arts Centre, New York Group
2006Breaking BoundariesContemporary Art Centre, BudapestSolo
2006A Few Of My Favourite ThingsCompound Gallery, Portland, OregaonSolo
2006New WorksEyestorm Gallery, LondonGroup
2006Sneaker PimpsAtlanta Contemporary Art Center, AtlantaGroup
2005Jordan 21People's Square Urban Exhibition Hall, ShanghaiGroup
2004Latest WorksClaska Gallery, TokyoSolo
2004Cars, Liverpool International Biennial of Contemporary ArtLiverpoolSolo
2004Fresh Still LifeCentrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam Group
2003Clash of the TitansExposure Gallery, LondonSolo
2003In the SummertimeGalerie Wild, FrankfurtGroup
2001Crows Having FunRaw Gallery, LondonGroup
1998Chicago Art FairChicagoGroup
1997AeroplanesPark Gallery, LiverpoolSolo
1997Recent WorksAinscough Gallery, LondonSolo
1997Group ShowConnaught Brown, LondonGroup
1997Animals in ArtHarris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston Group
1996Paris Art FairParisGroup
1995David's ZooStockport Art Gallery, ManchesterSolo
1994Northern GraduatesRoyal College of Art, LondonGroup