James White

United Kingdom 1967

James White
James White
United Kingdom
January 27, 2015
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James White began his career as part of a collaborative duo exhibiting large-scale works in the early 1990’s, coming to the public’s attention at the same time as his fellow YBA’s.

James White received his BA from the Wimbledon School of Art in 1989 and his MA from the Royal College of Art in 1991.After parting ways with his artistic partner in 2001, White turned from installation to painting, dedicating himself to producing the finely wrought, luminous black and white oil paintings for which he is well-known.

White’s commitment to an apparent tradition of representational painting imbues his work with a fundamental permanence, underscoring the continuity in moments of silence, doubt and repose that have been the subject of art for centuries, whilst profoundly updating its implications. Painted on aluminum, wood or plastic, his work has its origin in snapshot photographs taken of his environment both domestically and when travelling—a door that is slightly ajar, a glass of water left on a bathroom sink, a broom leaning against a wall. The objects in the paintings imply a narrative arc that, similar to a cutaway shot in film, creates a psychological space for reflection on actions that lie outside the frame. White’s masterfully rendered moments of everyday life bear comparison to the quietude of paintings by the Flemish masters and Lucian Freud’s early interiors, whilst the distilled forms that inhabit them reflect a more contemporary, ritualized, minimalist sensibility.

Recent solo exhibitions include The Black Mirror, Sean Kelly, New York; and James White: New Paintings, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas. Group exhibitions include The Adventure of Reality: International Realism, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Go for It! Art from the Olbricht Collection, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen; and All Tomorrows Pictures, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London. White was a John Moores 24 prizewinner in 2008 and the subject of a major monograph, James White: Paintings, with essays by Martin Herbert and Jeremy Millar, published in 2011 by FUEL.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
1992 Jake Chapman Dinos Chapman, James White, Sam Taylor-Wood,Clove2 Gallery, London, UK (cat.)Group
2013From this position Gerhardsen Gerner, OsloSolo
2013James White: The Black Mirror Sean Kelly, New York, New YorkSolo
2013And from this Position, Max Wigram, LondonSolo
2012 Paintings and Photographs Siegfried Contemporary, London, EnglandSolo
2011 Project B Milan, ItalySolo
2011Another Hotel Gerhardsen Gerner, BerlinSolo
2010UtitledMax Wigram Gallery, LondonSolo
2010Realism The Adventure of Reality (touring) Kunsthal Rotterdam (cat.)Group
2010Keep Me Posted Posted, London, UKLast updated: 20 August 2014Group
2010Dawnbreakers John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UKGroup
2009c-o Gerhardsen Gerner, BerlinSolo
2009Relationships Max Wigram Gallery at The Armory Show, New YorkSolo
2009RealismThe Adventure of Reality (touring) Kunsthalle Emdem and Kunsthalle Group
2009der Hypo Kulturstiftung Munich, Germany (cat.)Group
2008 The Rough With the Smooth Max Wigram Gallery, LondonSolo
2008c-o Atle Gerhardsen, BerlinSolo
2008 Go for it!Art from the Olbricht Collection, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art,Bremen (cat.)Group
2007 Doomed Max Wigram Gallery, LondonSolo
2007James White – New paintings The Goss-Michael Foundation, DallasSolo
2007All Tomorrows Pictures ICA, London, UK (cat.)Group
2006John Moores 24 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK (cat.)Group
2005 God is bored of us II FMCG, London, UKGroup
2005Chambres à Part Hotel Sezz, Paris, FranceGroup
2004United Elements MW projects, LondonSolo
2004New Blood The Saatchi Gallery, London, UKGroup
2003PaintingsMuseum 52, LondonSolo
2002Paintings in Hospitals The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (cat.)Group
2000 Atoll Fig-1, LondonSolo
2000Paradise Casey Kaplan Gallery, New YorkSolo
2000 4 British Artists Archimede Staffoloni Gallery, Nicosia, CyprusGroup
2000Octoberfest 2000 VTO, London, UKGroup
2000Gallery Artists Casey Kaplan, New York, USAGroup
2000Blue The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK (cat.)Group
1999The Incidental Monumental 2 Modern Art, London, EnglandSolo
1999Cartoons and Comics Heathrow Airport, UKGroup
1999Fun de Siecle Middlesborough Art Gallery Tullie House Museum and ArtGroup
1999UtitledGallery, Carlisle, Walsall Museum and Art Gallery, UK (cat.)Group
1998The Incidental Monumental Tomato Projects, London, EnglandSolo
1998Artclub Berlin Videoforum, Berlin, GermanyGroup
1997James White & Tim Sheward Entwistle Gallery, London, EnglandSolo
1997James White & Tim Sheward Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, New YorkSolo
1997Honky Tonk The Kitchen, London, UKGroup
1997Group Show Entwistle Gallery, London, UKGroup
1996Risky Business Banner Street, London, EnglandSolo
1996White & Sheward Michael Joo, Max Wigram The Post Office, London, UKGroup
1996Some of my best friends are Geniuses (curated by Jake Chapman) IndependentArt Space (I.A.S) London, UK (cat.)Group
1996Fool’s Rain Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) London, UKGroup
1996Against, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London, UKGroup
1996Video work at the Tramshed Ridinghouse editions, London, UKGroup
1993James White Gavin Turk’s studio, London, EnglandSolo
1993 Annihilation Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UKGroup
1993 Lucky Kunst Silver Place, London, UKGroup