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Born in 1969 in Texas, Todd White is an artist that has increased his profile beyond recognition with his distinctive style and iconic popularity across the world. After relocating to Hollywood, one of White’s key spells came at Warner Bros. Studios. Through character development, he began to forge his own artistic style and became part of the lead character design and animation team for the internationally renowned cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants.
During this period White experimented with both style and concept, eventually arriving at a process that now guides him through every piece. Until White can conceptually see the story in his head, he won’t paint. He always names his pieces first, visualises faces and personalities and then develops each person’s story. The stark, unblemished delivery of his subjects is very much intended - what isn’t necessary to the story doesn’t go onto the canvas.
Hands are a focal point for White, reflecting the subject’s state of mind, as much as body language or facial expression. ‘‘Everyone’s hands are full of personality’’ he surmises, noting for example, how powerfully and expressively the small hand details will amplify an actor’s performance.
White’s paintings are captivating, demanding a second look, often evoking humour or thoughts of familiar feelings. His desire to reveal his subjects’ innermost thoughts and emotions provide timeless scenes of attraction and intimacy; within the exaggerated features and textured skin of his characters lays truth, both yours and theirs.
We experience the subjects in White’s work every day, offering us intrigue and interest, changing the way we perceive the people we encounter and the role we play around them. White utilises the minute details within these as his source material allowing him to connect to the subtleties of what one shows and what one hides.
Todd White's work is infectious. It has caught the attention and imagination of art collectors around the world in addition to many Hollywood celebrities and ambassadors of the high life. His reputation has been stamped not only as an exhilarating and revered artistic talent but also something of a style icon, as the creator of highly collectable and much sought items of designer decor.