Dave White Interview
Its been a while since we have heard much from Liverpool based painter Dave White, to many, he’s known for his sneaker art, but there much more to Dave White, as the coming months will prove. The 12th of September will see the release of Dave’s first Limited Edition Print with Coriander Studio, the people who make prints for Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, Peter Blake and more. We have photos from the hand finishing sessions. The print is limited to an edition of 50, each hand finished by Dave with Diamond dust and chrome paint. That same day, Dave‘s first show in Zurich, a group show with Murakami, Koons, Lichtenstein and more in the debut opening of Galerie Wild will open! AND a solo show at Opus Art in Newcastle UK, also opening 12th September, featuring new superhero works.
We caught up with Dave as he was busily getting ready for one of the artists most important days, 12th September 2008.
When was the last time you were truly inspired by something? How did it move you?
The current subject matter I am exploring in my paintings has been very inspiring, I have always been obsessed with all forms of military hardware since being a kid. The new series which debuts in October at my show in the Truman Brewery London it’s all about hardware in the midst of battle, sounds explosions, dogfights and tank battles. Taking something from a starting point and watch it develop as a subject matter is where I really get inspired, it just snowballs and becomes something organically.
For me painting is the be and end all… its something I do every day, it has been the medium I have used to express myself creatively since I was 16. I suppose commitment is the one thing, but that just comes naturally when you love what you do.
You were recently signed by Galerie Wild of Frankfurt and Zurich alongside Pop Artists like Koons, Murakami, Warhol. Do you see yourself as a proponent of the Pop Art genre or is this just a convienient label for those who don’t understand where you’re coming from?
I never set out with a game plan I just made images of things I loved and found really interesting, Sneakers, Star Wars characters, Super Heroes and now the military paintings. I would say that somewhere between Pop and Expressionism is my thing, but it is certainly an honour to have my work exhibited alongside names that I greatly admire.
I think the very best of them allow the individualism of the Artist to enhance the brand and product and offer something new, although there have been a lot, the standouts for me have to be Stash’s Nozzle Air Force 1, Murakami’s Louis Vuitton, and Medicom for working with all of the best in the world on their ongoing Bearbrick series.
I wouldn’t say inspire, but I love alot of Artists across all mediums although there are too many to mention a few are … Fatsarazzi, his photographs are just so unique, they are timeless and capture people, events, and objects with so much style. Ron English, his use of subject and execution is really impressive. Anthony Lister is another painter, whose use of washes and quality of line in his paintings are really beautiful and very unique. And of course Futura, from the use of colour, line, application and structure, he just makes the spraycan sing.
My favourite in Art has to be Van Gogh, he never conformed, and made paintings for nothing else but the love of it. Music has to be Jimi Hendrix, fashion has to go to a living legend and that’s Tinker Hatfield.
An amazing book on the private security firm Blackwater, and a book on WWII Spitfire Pilots, both are eye openers to say the least. Plus I am on the Watchmen again and a book on Hideo Kojima and Metal Gear Solid 4.
Some awesome Hip Hop mixes from 91-97 called the Rub, Black Moon, Group Home, Mobb Deep, Biggie and all the greats from that era all mixed up and beat juggled.
What is your everyday uniform?
Black leather jacket, Black Shirt, Black jeans and Nikes. So I suppose I am in a black phase lol.
What is the best place in the world?
When was the turning point at which you realized you wanted to become an artist?
I have always made images, anything I was into as a kid I made drawings of, and that just never left me. I went straight from High School to Art college and studied Fine Art Painting for 10 years, I just do my thing and am grateful for being able to.
So what’s next?
This week sees my first limited edition print release from Damien Hirst’s printing studio it’s a 27 screen print, and includes diamond dust and the edition is only of 50 and all have been hand finished. The print is from the BANG BANG! painting and is the first of my new series . Then there’s my solo show in Newcastle at Opus Gallery with new superhero works which includes my Joker tribute painting (opening 12th) and the next day I’m off to Zurich for the opening of Galerie Wild there with their debut opening show American Art and Pop Art.
After that it’s head down until my Planes, Tanks and Automatics’ at the Truman Brewery during Frieze week (opening night 14th October), again with Opus Art.
Stay tuned for exclusive coverage from Dave White’s upcoming shows!