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b. 1967, United Kingdom

James White Biography

James White began his career as part of a collaborative duo exhibiting large-scale works in the early 1990s, coming to the public’s attention at the same time as his fellow YBAs. After parting ways with his artistic partner in 2001, White turned from installation to painting, dedicating himself to producing the finely wrought, luminous black and white oil paintings for which he is well-known. White’s commitment to an apparent tradition of representational painting imbues his work with a fundamental permanence, underscoring the continuity in moments of silence, doubt and repose that have been the subject of art for centuries, whilst profoundly updating its implications. Painted on aluminum, wood or plastic, his work has its origin in snapshot photographs taken of his environment both domestically and when travelling—a door that is slightly ajar, a glass of water left on a bathroom sink, a broom leaning against a wall. The objects in the paintings imply a narrative arc that, similar to a cutaway shot in film, creates a psychological space for reflection on actions that lie outside the frame. White’s masterfully rendered moments of everyday life bear comparison to the quietude of paintings by the Flemish masters and Lucian Freud’s early interiors, whilst the distilled forms that inhabit them reflect a more contemporary, ritualized, minimalist sensibility.

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James White received his BA from the Wimbledon School of Art in 1989 and his MA from the Royal College of Art in 1991. Recent solo exhibitions include The Black Mirror, Sean Kelly, New York; and James White: New Paintings, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas. Group exhibitions include The Adventure of Reality: International Realism, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Go for It! Art from the Olbricht Collection, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen; and All Tomorrows Pictures, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London.

White was a John Moores 24 prizewinner in 2008 and the subject of a major monograph, James White: Paintings, with essays by Martin Herbert and Jeremy Millar, published in 2011 by FUEL.

Exhibition view: James White, Not this time, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels (2 April–19 June 2021). Courtesy the artist and Galerie Greta Meert. 

James White Featured Artworks

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Dream, Believe, Achieve by James White contemporary artwork
James WhiteDream, Believe, Achieve, 2020Oil and varnish on acrylic faced honeycomb panel in Perspex box frame
62.5 x 72.5 x 5.5 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Keys/Glass by James White contemporary artwork
James WhiteKeys/Glass, 2020Oil and varnish on acrylic faced honeycomb panel in Perspex box frame
104 x 78 x 6 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Double Bag by James White contemporary artwork
James WhiteDouble Bag, 2020Oil and varnish on acrylic faced honeycomb panel in Perspex box frame
170 x 140 x 7 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Ghost 1 by James White contemporary artwork
James WhiteGhost 1, 2020Oil and varnish on acrylic faced honeycomb panel in Perspex box frame
170 x 140 x 7 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Ajar by James White contemporary artwork
James WhiteAjar, 2019Oil and varnish on acrylic faced honeycomb panel in Perspex box frame
36 x 41 x 5.5 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Water/Keys by James White contemporary artwork
James WhiteWater/Keys, 2019Oil and varnish on acrylic faced honeycomb panel in Perspex box frame
62 x 72 x 5.5 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Broken by James White contemporary artwork
James WhiteBroken, 2019Oil and varnish on acrylic faced honeycomb panel in Perspex box frame
62 x 72 x 5.5 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Paper by James White contemporary artwork
James WhitePaper, 2016Oil and varnish on acrylic faced honeycomb panel in Perspex box frame
73 x 63 x 6 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery

James White Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, James White, Not this time at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
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2 April–19 June 2021 James White Not this time Galerie Greta MeertBrussels
Contemporary art exhibition, James White, James White at Sean Kelly, Taipei
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15 January–27 March 2020 James White Sean KellyTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Di fuochi e accesi sensi at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
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5 September–19 October 2019 Group Exhibition Di fuochi e accesi sensi Galerie Greta MeertBrussels

James White Represented By

Sean Kelly contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Sean Kelly New York

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