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Artist in the Spotlight – Dave White

Born (and based) in Liverpool and having studied Fine Art at Liverpool University (in John Lennon’s old studio), Dave White has enjoyed success from the early inception of his career with his vigorously energetic brand of contemporary Pop Art. Awarded ‘Best New Talent’ in Visual Art and short listed for various prizes, his unique painting style caught the eye of the Curator of Tate Liverpool as early as 1991.

Selected for the Northern Graduates show at the Royal College of Art in 1994, White went on to exhibitions in London and international art fairs with his series of animal portraits courtesy of Anthony Brown and Connaught Brown of Albemarle St. Highlights of this period include the Blue Cross Centenary exhibition at Sotheby’s in 1997 alongside David Hockney and group shows at Connaught Brown with Picasso, Dubuffet, Miro and others.

From 2002, White’s work was celebrated for his dedication to a sneaker series, creating the movement known as ‘sneaker art’ which brought international exhibitions and appearances. Companies such as Nike who own a series of his work in their corporate collections, continue to collaborate with him. His collection was exhibited globally examples including the People’s Square Exhibition Hall in Shanghai to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Centre in the USA. This ‘sell out’ series of work brought global press attention through White’s pioneering ‘live painting’ as early as 2004 in places such as Beijing and Tokyo.

In 2007 White was commissioned by Coca Cola to create a painting of Jay Z’s new design for Cherry Coke. White’s work was exhibited at the celebrated Dia Arts Centre in New York. 2007 also brought White’s debut solo exhibition during Art Basel Miami ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ featuring large scale superhero portraits, where White was featured in the Art Basel press and Miami TV and radio.

In 2008, White held his debut solo exhibition of his vintage military inspired pop art portraits in a show entitled ‘Planes, Tanks and Automatics’ at the Truman Brewery during Frieze week which was featured in the Wall St Journal and “sold briskly” (Bloomberg Press NY) in spite of economic turmoil. Stephen Adams of The Daily Telegraph described him as ‘one of Britain’s most feted up and coming painters’.

A series of solo and group exhibitions in Zurich, Copenhagen and Frankfurt have since followed and White continues to push the boundaries of his work. More recently he exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York on the ‘Project on Creativity’ with Chuck Close, celebrating Aol’s 25th Anniversary. White was also invited to create a live installation at All Things Digital in Los Angeles.

White has recently launched his latest collection entitled ‘Forgotten Alchemy’ via a series of international exhibitions, a forthcoming highlight of which will be his debut solo exhibition for Galerie Wild in Zurich 2011.

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