Wayne White at Joshua Liner Gallery in February 2017, Photo by Christos Katsiaouni

Wayne White

United States



Wayne White
Wayne White
United States
September 10, 2018
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.

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.

Wayne White - All the Stupid Shit I ve Said, 2017
Wayne White – All the Stupid Shit I’ve Said, 2017. Acrylic on vintage offset lithograph. 28 x 34 inches. Courtesy of artist and Joshua Liner Gallery

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.’

Wayne White - Im Having a Dialogue, 2016
Wayne White – Im Having a Dialogue with the Universe and You’re just Sitting There, 2016. Acrylic on vintage offset lithograph. 26 x 50 inches. Courtesy of artist and Joshua Liner Gallery

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.’

Wayne White - Fubar, 2018
Wayne White – Fubar, 2018. Acrylic on vintage offset lithograph. 13 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches. Courtesy of artist and Joshua Liner Gallery

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. Since the book’s release, Wayne has been traveling the country delivering an incredibly entertaining hour long talk where he discusses his life and work, while making time for a little banjo and harmonica playing.

Featured image: Wayne White at Joshua Liner Gallery in February 2017. Photo by Christos Katsiaouni

YearName of the exhibitionGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2018Visual Language, co-curated by Shepard FaireySubliminal Projects; Los Angeles, CA; Faction Art Projects, New York, NYGroup
201810 YearsJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2017Thrill After ThrillHunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TNSolo
2017GOAT: A Tribute to Mohammad Ali,Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2017MonitoriumVirginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VASolo
2017PULSE Art Fair, Miami, FLJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2017SUMMER BREAKSJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2016’m Having a Dialogue With the Universe and You’re Just Sitting ThereJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2016Wayne-O-Rama, year long interactive installation in collaboration with Shaking Ray Levi SocietyChattanooga, TNSolo
2016Land EscapesJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2016Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-FructoseVirginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA, Traveling to Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CAGroup
2015Here Comes Mr. Know-It-AllBob Rauschenberg Gallery, Florida SouthWestern State College, Fort Myers, FLSolo
2015It’s gonna take a lotta loveFranklin Street Works, Stamford, CTGroup
2015Art is Supposed to Hypnotize You or SomethingArt and Culture Center of Hollywood, FLSolo
2015Archetypes, Power & PuppetsCollege of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OHGroup
2015Ass Kicking ContestHeron Arts, San Francisco, CASolo
2014Miami Project Art FairJoshua Liner Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2014Invisible RulerJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2014I Took Off Work and Came All The Way Down Hereartspace, Shreveport, LASolo
2014FOEMarketview Arts, York, PA; LSC Design, York, PASolo
2014Wayne White: Masterworks 2000-2012York College Galleries, PASolo
2013Summer MixerJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013DunnoDavid Shelton GallerySolo
2013Wayne White: Masterworks 2000-2009Western Project, Los Angeles, CASolo
2013The 10th Circle, curated by David PagelVast Space Projects, Henderson, NVGroup
2013Texas Contemporary Art FairDavid Shelton Gallery, Houston, TXGroup
2012Spark in the VoidPacker Schopf Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2012CommodoresCoastline Community College Art Gallery, Newport Beach, CAGroup
2012BIG LICK BOOMTaubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VASolo
2012Say A Lot Of ThingsMarty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TXSolo
2012Text: MessageBleicher Gallery La Brea, Los Angeles, CA

2012Space//FormBreeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR

2012Grey Full, curated by Geoffrey YoungJeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY

2012Bad For YouShizaru Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2011Sand Mountain TractorWestern Project, Los Angeles, CA

2011Wild KingdomTexas State University, San Marcos, TX

2011Curious and CuriouserHerron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, INGroup
2011New PaintingsZeitgeist, Nashville, TNSolo
2010Fell 37 Miles to Earth 100 Years AgoMarty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TXSolo
2010A Torrent of Words: Contemporary Art and Languagehn Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2010Small Works: Art and ObjectMarty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
2009Big Lectric Fan to Keep Me Cool While I SleepRice Gallery, Houston, TX

2009There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you…Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX

2009Pictures of WordsGalerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2009Way To Go Mr. SubtleMireille Mosler Ltd., New York, NY

2009We’re Not the Jet SetWestern Project, Los Angels, CAGroup
2009Rich TextFleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009Just What Are They Saying…Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LAGroup
2009Summertime ‘09Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OHGroup
2009Collected WorksInman Gallery, Houston, TXGroup
2009The First Six YearsWestern Project, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009New Voices. New WorksWolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach, FLGroup
2008Drop the Country Boy ActWestern Project, Los Angeles, CASolo
2008L.A. NowLas Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NVGroup
2008Funny Not Funny, curated by Allison Kave and Becky SmithBellwether Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Sculpture: Part IIWestern Project, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008Reflections from the Artist’s EyeFrederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CAGroup
2008Build UpOttawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

2008Six from LASeiler + Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

2007Beauty is EmbarrassingWestern Project, Los Angeles, CA

2006I’m Lost on A Spaceship MommaClementine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2006Word: Language in Contemporary ArtPlatform Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006Art Rock 2006Rockefeller Center, New York, NYGroup
2006n This House That I Call HomeWestern Project, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2005Organic Remains of a Former WorldWestern Project, Los Angeles, CASolo
2004In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, BabyWestern Project, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004The Wrong Question Asker: New Work by Wayne WhiteCheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TNSolo
2004Wayne WhiteArt Barn, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TNSolo
2004Southern Daddy Shame RayClementine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2003Word WorksAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2003ClementineHallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NYGroup
2003Five Years of the Altoids Curiously Strong Collection 1998-2002Seattle, WA; Soo Visual Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Art Center/South Florida, Miami, FL; Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA; The New Museum, New York, NYGroup
2002Mixer 02Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2002I’m Not Goin Around Advertising Surrealism,Clementine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2002ClementineBellwether Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2001Single Head OccupancyMark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2001Nashville FunniesCheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TNGroup
1998Painting ShowFred 62, Los Angeles, CASolo
1995Painting ShowKantor Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1993Comic PowerExit Art/The First World, New York, NYGroup
1991One Man ShowMiddle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TNSolo