Dave White (artist)

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Dave White
Dave White Profile Image 2.jpg
White in 2016 by Nicolaj Didriksen
Born 1971 (age 45–46)
Liverpool, England
Nationality British
Education Liverpool John Moores
Known for Pop Art
Contemporary Art
Notable work Americana
Rodeo Rider for AOL HQ
Vintage Military Collection
Movement Pop Art, Contemporary Art

Dave White (born 1971) is a contemporary British artist,[1] and has exhibited his work internationally whilst working with various with clients for Nike, AOL, and Air Jordan.

Background and Career[edit]

Touted as the UK's "Andy Warhol",[2] he has worked on various subject matters inspired by popular culture.

While enrolled in Liverpool John Moores University in 1991 to study Fine Art, White painted in John Lennon's old art studio. After graduating in 1994, White exhibited in the Northern Graduates Exhibition at the Royal College of Art in London. White's work was represented by Anthony Brown of Britain's finest art gallery Connaught Brown through a five-year artist/gallery relationship and exhibited at art fairs and galleries all over the world. During White's career he has exhibited alongside artists such as Picasso and David Hockney.[3] White is currently represented by GUSFORD.

Early Works[edit]

Since 2002, White’s work has been celebrated for his dedication to a sneaker series, pioneering the movement known as ‘sneaker art’ which has resulted in international exhibitions and appearances. Companies such as Nike own a series of his work in their corporate collections and continue to collaborate with him. His collection has been exhibited globally, ranging from the People’s Square Exhibition Hall in Shanghai to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Centre in the USA.

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 and is now displayed at Coca Cola Headquarters in Atlanta, USA. 2007 also brought White’s debut solo exhibition during Art Basel Miami titled ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’, featuring large scale superhero portraits.

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. His work was featured in the Wall St Journal and “sold briskly” in spite of economic turmoil.[4] Stephen Adams of The Daily Telegraph described him as ‘one of Britain’s most feted up and coming painters’.[5]

Later Works and Collaborations[edit]

In 2010 White 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. Later in the year he was also commissioned to create his largest ever work ‘Rodeo Rider’, measuring 11 ft x 8 ft for Aol’s New York headquarters.

In 2011, White collaborated with Air Jordan in Los Angeles for their corporate responsibility program ‘WINGS for the Future’, designing 23 pairs of bespoke All Star sneakers which were auctioned for charity, raising $23,000.

White's last collection of work 'Americana' exhibited in London and Copenhagen in 2011 and was featured on BBC Radio 2's The Arts Show, as well as in international press (see links below).

In 2014, White had his first solo exhibition at GUSFORD, debuting the Apex series featuring great white sharks.[6]

In 2016, White collaborated with Nike to release two colorways of the Nike Air Max 95, inspired by Britain's native wildlife.

Select Group Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2015 Summer Show, Joseph Gross Gallery, New York
  • 2015 Dog Days, Hang Up Gallery, London
  • 2015 Mix, Lawrence Alkin Gallery
  • 2015 Art 15 with Jealous Gallery
  • 2015 London Original Print Fair with Jealous Gallery
  • 2015 Loughran Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 2015 Jealous Take Over at The Cock n' Bull Gallery (Tramshed), London
  • 2014 This is Jealous, Jealous Gallery, London
  • 2014 Hang Up Collections - Volume I, Hang Up Gallery, London
  • 2014 Mix, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London
  • 2014 Sprung Loughran Gallery, London
  • 2013 Loughran Gallery Shoreditch London
  • 2012 RE:DEFINE Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, USA curated by The Future Tense
  • 2012 BT Art Box Trafalgar Square, London
  • 2012 CNNCTD+100 New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
  • 2011 Dunkeys Evolve with Coolrain, Imazoo Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • 2011 Mixed Up’, Galerie Jules Julian, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2011 15 Artists Interpret South Park, curated by Ron English, Opera Gallery, New York
  • 2010 Forgotten Alchemy, Art Copenhagen c/o Galleri Jules Julian, Denmark
  • 2010 Project on Creativity, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
  • 2010 Art Karlruhse, Germany c/o Galerie Wild
  • 2009 Kunst Zurich c/o Galerie Wild
  • 2009 There’s Still Life, Art London c/o Mauger Modern Art
  • 2009 Rising Stars, Seoul Art Museum, Korea
  • 2009 EISZEIT, Galerie Wild Zurich
  • 2008 Amerikanische Kunst & Pop Art, Galerie Wild Frankfurt; travelled to Galerie Wild Zurich
  • 2008 Be True, Pop Art Gallery, Seoul
  • 2007 Unveiling Cherry Coke, Dia Arts Centre, New York (curated by The Strategic Group)
  • 2007 My Kimono, Tomofuko Gallery, Tokyo
  • 2007 Lucky Cat, Source Gallery, Shanghai
  • 2006 Sneaker Pimps, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta
  • 2005 Jordan XXI, People’s Square Urban Exhibition Hall, Shanghai
  • 2005 Rayguns, White Gallery, Beijing
  • 2005 Your Shoes, Refill Gallery, Sydney
  • 2004 Fresh Still Life, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam (curated by Wink Van Kempen)
  • 2003 In the Summertime, Galerie Wild, Frankfurt
  • 2001 Crows Having Fun, Raw Gallery, London
  • 1998 Chicago Art Fair, c/o Connaught Brown, London
  • 1997 Group Show, Connaught Brown, London
  • 1996 Paris Art Fair, c/o Connaught Brown, London
  • 1997 Animals in Art, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston (hosted by Earl & Countess of Derby, curated by Dr Lindsay Stainton); travelled to Royal Pavilion, Brighton; and Sotheby’s London (hosted by Lord Hartington)
  • 1994 Northern Graduates, Royal College of Art, London

Select Press[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Rena Silverman (2010-05-28). "A Focus on Creativity: AOL Celebrates 25 Years at the New Museum with Chuck Close | NYABlog | New York Art Beat". Nyartbeat.com. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  2. ^ McFarnon, Emma (2011-04-11). "Dave White 'Americana' - picture preview". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  3. ^ McEwen, John (1997-08-09). "Grand old dogs and wet new doggies". Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Stephen Adams (2008-09-11). "Heath Ledger captured in Joker portrait by Dave White". Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  6. ^ Jess Denham (2014-03-24). "Dave White delves into the world of great white sharks in latest striking art exhibition". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-02-25.