Failed Abstract Paintings Of The Seventies, 2003

When I read the bio of Los Angeles-based artist Wayne White, I discovered that he was a production designer for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (he won Emmys!) and also voiced several of the characters. It makes me love him even more! Based on his eclectic history and his latest work, he’s got the creative chops to do most anything artistic. His collection of Word paintings consists of thrift store bought traditional landscape lithographs that he paints on with phrases in 3D letters. The sayings are often cheeky or ironic which mix perfectly with the kitschy work they are paired with.

These pieces are part of his exhibit “I Say A Lot Of Things” that runs through May 5th, 2012 at the Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

Beauty Is Embarrassing is an inspiring documentary chronicling the life and work of Wayne White. It was recently completed and there’s a Kickstarter campaign to get the film into more theaters. For more information about how to donate, go here.


Schadenfreude, 2010


So Long Losers! Hey Guys I’m Back!, 2008


All An Act, 2005


Prolly, 2011


Not All There, 2007


It Never Stops, 2009


Wash Me, 2001


Crapola, 2009


All The Way Over There She’s All “Genius This Genius That” So We Get There And He Brings His Work Out And I Don’t Like It And He’s Pouting, Waiting For Me To Say Something And I Can’t, 2012


Feathered Roach Clip Hangs From The Ignition Key Of A ’73 Chevelle SS And Bounces To The Beat Of Immigrant Song on The 8 Track Player, 2012


They Used To Put Me Down In The Seventies, 2005

All images are copyright of Wayne White. Courtesy of Marty Walker Gallery.