Dave White is a world-renowned contemporary British artist whose work celebrates popular culture by interpreting emotive issues in a beautifully stylistic yet striking manner. His expressive style is defined by thick, animated brush strokes and his work oozes colour and vigour. The artist interacts with his subjects through textured visual language and focuses on complex themes... relating to endangered species.
White uses oil and watercolour to create works that are filled with expression, emotion and dynamism. Known for his animal series’, White captures creatures from the natural world with astonishing vividness, exploiting colour, texture and tonality to generate a unique aesthetic. His works are characterised by an energy of movement, achieved through the sharp splashes, drips and strokes of paint that fill the canvas in a style reminiscent of 1950s abstract expressionism.
White graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting) at Liverpool John Moores University. He has enjoyed a growing success since the 90’s, having been selected for the Northern Graduates exhibition at the Royal College of Art in 1994, where he first exhibited animal portraiture. This was followed by an exhibition at Sotheby’s London to celebrate the Blue Cross centenary and continued with international art fairs.
In 2002, Dave pioneered the ‘Sneaker Art’ movement through his masterful execution of pop art inspired sneaker portraits, which has lead to fruitful and long-term collaborations with Nike and Jordan.
White is one of a handful of artists to have his own signature Jordan releases. In 2016 White collaborated on an international signature sneaker project with Size? x Nike for the AM95 DW, depicting both the Rabbit and Fox artworks from the Albion Collection, which was released in the UK with Size?, Beams Tokyo and Kith, New York with a bespoke colab tee project. Phillips New York celebrated this project in their Tongue + Chic sneaker exhibition in 2018, hand picking 20 artists to celebrate, including Kaws, Hirst and Murakami.
White is without doubt one of Britain’s most relevant and recognised artists of the time. He has built a style that only he is really known for. The fluid and expressive marks, the unrefined nature of the work in front of us is so fleshy and rich, engaging and bold; you are automatically drawn to the work. The artist has demonstrated his fresh take to the traditional paint-to-canvas medium. Using oil and watercolour, the artist creates works that are bursting with expression, emotion and dynamism.
White’s work is unique in its ability to rework contemporary abstract techniques into figurative painting - the fluent drama of abstraction remains, but with a subject at its centre.
International exhibition career highlights include the People’s Square Exhibition Hall (Shanghai), Dia Art Centre (New York), Centre for Arts (Rotterdam), Art Basel Week (Miami), Truman Brewery (London), Liverpool International Biennial of Contemporary Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York) on the Project on Creativity with Chuck Close, Hospital Club Gallery (London) and the Goss Michael Foundation (Dallas) for MTV RE:DEFINE with The Future Tense.
White's paintings can be found in esteemed private collections internationally. He continues to collaborate with brands such as Nike and to exhibit throughout the USA, Europe and Asia. Titled by The Independent as 'The new Andy Warhol', White is now a successful artist known globally for his dynamic paintings.
In 2018 White created a hand painted Rhino for Tusk which installed for a month on New Bond Street in London and auctioned at Christie's alongside works by Harland Miller, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk and The Chapman Brothers.