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About Wayne White

A former set and character designer for the television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, cartoonist and painter Wayne White produces ironic, often subversive imagery. White is best known for his word paintings composed of oversized, three-dimensional text painted onto cheap landscape paintings he finds at thrift stores and markets, a practice that has drawn comparisons to Ed Ruscha. Slogans and phrases such as “Fanfuckintastic” populate White’s images. He has also created grotesque, cartoonish sculptures of famous people’s heads, such as Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as puppets and music videos.

American, b. 1957, Chattanooga, Tennessee, based in Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows on Artsy

2014
Invisible Ruler, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York
2009
Big Lectric Fan to Keep Me Cool While I Sleep, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Land Escapes, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York
2016
Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach