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Artist Wayne White to Lecture, Exhibit Work at Herron

White's What'd I Tell Ya"
White's What'd I Tell Ya"


January 14, 2011

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Sometimes reality only seems to bite. For Wayne White, the realization that a degree in painting was not going to pay the bills when he moved to New York City in the early 80s led him in new directions. He gravitated to cartooning and illustrating, and as they say, “the rest is history”.

Whether defined as a pop artist or surrealist, White is a leader of his generation’s art.

He caught the art world’s eye beginning with cartoons and  illustrations in The East Village Eye, Raw, The New York Times and The Village Voice. He worked on Pee Wee’s Playhouse as a puppeteer and set designer, winning three Emmy® awards.

White began experimenting with landscapes by teaching himself oil-painting techniques. “The paintings started getting weirder and weirder,” he said in a 2007 Esquire interview. “I started putting monsters and stuff into them, but I kept the same realistic technique.” After further experimentation, White hit pay dirt.

He “put some words” directly on the painting. Friends were astounded at the boldness of the look. Today, his bold works of three-dimensional words over traditional bucolic scenery have the art world talking.

White will lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, in the Basile Auditorium of Eskenazi Hall (Herron School of Art and Design). His work will be featured along with the work of Casey Riordan Millard and Sarah Emerson in Curious and Curiouser, an exhibition opening Jan. 21, 2011, in the main galleries at Herron. These events are free and open to the public.

White’s appearance at Herron is supported through an endowment provided by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. Previous lecturers in this series have included Julian Opie, Karl Wirsum, Mary Jane Jacob and Andrew Blauvelt.

Parking Information

Guests of Herron School of Art and Design should park in the Sports Complex Garage, just west of Herron. Guests should park in the visitor side of the garage and bring their garage tickets to the Herron Galleries for parking validation, courtesy of The Great Frame Up. Parking in the surface lot requires an IUPUI parking permit.