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The Artist Wayne White


The Independent Lens program on PBS has some of the most interesting stories. One of my favorites is the one about American Artist Wayne White.

Early in his career he designed sets for the Pee Wee's Playhouse TV show. I have a toy Pee Wee's Playhouse, so I suppose I can say I've got a piece of this guy's work.

He makes wonderful, whimsical sculptures from found objects. You know how hoarders are always thinking they will make something artistic from some driftwood and a can? He actually does it. I couldn't find a picture of one of those, but here are some others.

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(Love the cat!)

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But he's most famous for his word paintings. He buys framed art at thrift shops and paints onto them. His work pokes fun at itself and other art that takes itself too seriously.

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This one says Heinies and Shooters w/ Hotties at Hooters.

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This one says something about Donald Judd (an artist). Note how Wayne added the water with the reflection in front of the letters.

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This is a self portrait of the artist.

What fascinates me about getting to know about someone like Wayne White is the realization that for some people, art is a lifestyle; they are constantly creating. I learned a lot about painting that will help my own hobby painting because he doesn't just walk up to a canvas and start slapping on paint - there is pre-planning and talent involved. I may have some little shred of talent, but now I know it's okay to expend some effort to bring it out.



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posted on Feb 10, 2013 11:08 AM ()

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I love it!
comment by elderjane on Feb 11, 2013 8:08 PM ()
He struck a chord with me. I don't know that I'd want one of the word paintings, except as a reminder of how much I enjoyed 'meeting' him in the documentary. One of the cutest things was where he was trying to mentor his daughter who is learning to paint. She was doing it her way - starting with the detail of the picture before working on the background, and he had to visibly shut his mouth to avoid giving her any more advice than he already had.
reply by troutbend on Feb 12, 2013 11:59 AM ()
I always admired the set of PeeWee's Playhouse. It's nice to know a bit about who was behind it!
comment by maggiemae on Feb 11, 2013 3:25 PM ()
Yes, I was amazed to get to know about what went on behind the scenes. They started out in NY City, very disorganized, very artistic, then the show moved to Hollywood where the professional set designers took over and the artists had less to do but made a lot more money.
reply by troutbend on Feb 12, 2013 12:06 PM ()
WAY TO GO --outback town LYNDHURST is near a talc mine where Talc Jack lives he has a studio where he carves just abouteverything and earns a living selling to tourists,
Silverton another near ghost town has a lot of artists living there --once again selling to tourists
comment by kevinshere on Feb 10, 2013 10:59 PM ()
I love that tourist art. If it isn't already signed by hand, I have them sign it for me.
reply by troutbend on Feb 12, 2013 12:07 PM ()
Love Independent Lens! And PBS!
comment by marta on Feb 10, 2013 3:44 PM ()
Yes, I saw it. Great exposé on the Texas loonies. My comment:
reply by marta on Feb 12, 2013 7:01 PM ()
Did you see The Revisionists? Tch-tch-tch. That's all I can say in this short little space.
reply by troutbend on Feb 12, 2013 12:07 PM ()
I so envy people doing something like this.I liked it.Thank you much for posting this.
comment by fredo on Feb 10, 2013 1:06 PM ()
I know what you mean about envy. He also plays the banjo really well; every bone in his body is artistic. There are maybe one or two other artists who've inspired me this way, and it's a wonderful, rare feeling. Hugs to Ruby if she'll let you.
reply by troutbend on Feb 12, 2013 12:09 PM ()
The top one makes me think of a kind of Salvador Dali for kids; the last one reminds me of Jack Kerouac.
comment by steve on Feb 10, 2013 12:45 PM ()
There is a sort of 60s feel about Wayne White's personality, maybe because he's from Tennessee: things move slower in the south. His daddy is a top senior bowler in that state, which naturally endears him to us here at bowling madness.
reply by troutbend on Feb 12, 2013 12:03 PM ()
And yet spontaneity whether painting, drawing, photography, writing, etc., can make effective everlasting art

I have always liked WW's work.
comment by greatmartin on Feb 10, 2013 11:16 AM ()
Jackson Pollock comes to mind when you say that.
reply by troutbend on Feb 12, 2013 12:12 PM ()

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