Dave White is a contemporary British Artist who dedicates his work to celebrating popular culture and interpreting emotive issues. White graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting) at Liverpool John Moores University and has enjoyed success from the inception of his career, with selection for the Northern Graduates exhibition at the Royal College of Art in 1994, whilst also debuting at Sotheby’s London and international art fairs.
White pioneered the 'Sneaker Art' movement in 2002, with the execution of pop art-inspired sneaker oil portraits, leading to long term collaborations with Nike and Brand Jordan which continue to this day. 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 collab tee project. Phillips New York celebrated this project in their Tongue + Chic sneaker exhibition in 2018, handpicking 20 artists to celebrate, including Kaws, Hirst, and Murakami.
International exhibition career highlights to date include the People’s Square Exhibition Hall (Shanghai) | The Harris Museum | Stockport Art Gallery | Dia Art Centre (New York) | The Walker Art Gallery | 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 | Solo exhibitions in London, Copenhagen and Los Angeles.
Other notable highlights include a collaboration with MTV to customize an EMA Award for a charity auction in London, launching the Staple Clothing (NY) collab collection, BT ArtBox (London), a feature on The Brit List courtesy of Shortlist Magazine and Harpers Bazaar special art edition (Asia). Loughran Gallery exhibitions include The 'Albion' collection featuring a customized E-Type Jaguar (a hand-painted commission), as featured on London Live television. Fadwebsite described it as one of the top five exhibitions to see during Frieze week. The 'Critical' collection was the largest scale sell-out London solo exhibition to date and details are shortly to be announced on forthcoming international events.
Whilst White has pursued many subject matters over the last twenty years, for the last decade he has been focussed on environmental issues by promoting endangered species with his signature expressive portraits. With charitable collaborations and donations of work, he has supported Virunga National Park, Tusk, Rainforest Foundation UK, to name but a few. This year White will be supporting the Wild Aid annual gala in Los Angeles.
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. Most recently White was included in MTV RE: DEFINE Gala Auction at the Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas and had his debut solo exhibition in Tokyo with an accompanying collab with Atmos, Japan. Dave White continues to work with galleries internationally and special projects will be announced on social media.