At SXSW this year, Beauty Is Embarrassing – The Wayne White Story, directed by Neil Berkeley, will be premiering Saturday, March 10th, 2012 7pm at the Vimeo Theater in Austin, TX. Here’s a glimpse of it via its trailer.
Wayne White is an American artist, art director, illustrator, puppeteer and much, much more. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Wayne has used his memories of the south to create inspired works for film, television and the fine art world. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University Wayne traveled to New York City where he worked as an illustrator for The East Village Eye, New York Times, Raw Magazine and the Village Voice. In 1986 Wayne became a designer for the hit television show Pee-wee’s Playhouseand his work was awarded with three Emmys. He also worked in the music video industry winning Billboard and MTV Music Video Awards as an art director for seminal music videos including The Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Tonight, Tonight’and Gabriel’s ‘Big Time’.
More recently Wayne has had great success as a fine artist and has created paintings and public works that have been shown all over the world. His most successful works have been the word paintings featuring oversized, three dimensional text painstakingly integrated into vintage landscape reproductions. The message of the paintings is often thought provoking and almost always humorous with Wayne pointing a finger at vanity, ego and his memories of the South. Wayne has also received great praise for several public works he has created recently including a successful show at Rice University where he built the world’s largest George Jones puppet head for a piece called ‘Big Lectric Fan To Keep Me Cool While I Sleep’.
Wayne has an upcoming solo exhibition, I Say A Lot of Things, opening March 31 and running through May 5, 2012 at Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas, TX.