Since the early 2000s, James White (b. 1967 Tiverton, UK) has worked in monochrome, exploring everyday minutiae. His seemingly quiet domestic environments have a strong psychological element. Working from his own photographs, an ostensibly insignificant detail or moment is prolonged, the act of painting introducing layers of time to a tiny snippet of everyday life. This lends each work an intensity and tension that the artist feels would be missing if the image was to remain as a photographic snapshot. White’s paintings allude to a human presence without depicting any physical being. The resulting effect is a creeping awareness of incidents that might occur beyond the frame, activating the viewer’s imagination.

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Mat Collishaw And James White In Nature Morte, Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition.

This exhibition will be one of the largest ever presented at the Guildhall Art Gallery

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BIOGRAPHY

White’s anonymous style of representational painting appears almost documentary, the objects as the focal point, but not the subject. A bleak scene of opened lockers – unlocked for inspection or otherwise abandoned, forces us to think of their context and the contents they may have held. Up and Down, two glasses on a tray, one positioned upright the other upended, are next to a door resting ajar – who passed through the door, who is drinking from the glass and are they alone? Meanwhile a humorous and playful composition is constructed from an untidy, opened wardrobe in Hangers (home). As Martin Herbert wrote in White’s 2011 publication; ‘…the motive force of these paintings lies not in what’s seen, but in the seeing itself; or, more specifically, in the meeting of the inert thing observed and the live subjectivity, the weather of temperament, which is seen, in White’s painterly dramaturgy, to be involuntarily operant upon it’.

White received his BA from the Wimbledon School of Art in 1989 and his MA from the Royal College of Art in 1991. He began his career as part of a collaborative duo exhibiting large-scale sculpture 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, he turned his attention to painting.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Aspect Ratio, Sean Kelly, New York, US (2016); From this Position, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo, NO (2013); The Black Mirror, Sean Kelly, New York, US (2013); Cornered, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK (2012); James White: New Paintings, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK (2010). Group exhibitions include; NATURE MORTE: Contemporary Artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition, Guildhall Art Gallery, London, UK; Museum Narodowe, Wroclaw, PO; Konsthallen Bohuslan, Uddevalla, SE; Ha gamle prestegard, Stavanger, NO (2015-2017); Revealed 2:CollectorSpace, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, AU (2013); The Adventure of Reality: International Realism, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL (2010); Go for It! Art from the Olbricht Collection, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, DE (2008); and All Tomorrows Pictures, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, UK (2007). White was a John Moores 24 prize-winner in 2006 and the subject of a monograph, James White: Paintings, with essays by Martin Herbert and Jeremy Millar, published in 2011. The artist lives and works in London.

 

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1967, Born in Tiverton, UK
Lives and works in London, UK

 

EDUCATION
1989
MA, Royal College of Art, London, UK

1986
BA, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK

AWARDS

2006
John Moores 24 Painting Prize, Liverpool, UK


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017    
BODIES, BlainSouthern, London, UK (forthcoming)

2016   
James White, Eight, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, DE
James White. Aspect:Ratio, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US

2013   
From This Position, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo, NO
The Black Mirror : New paintings, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
And From This Position, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK

2012     
Paintings and Photographs, Siegfried Contemporary, London, UK
Cornered, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK

2011   
Another Hotel, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, DE
James White, Project B Gallery, London, UK

2010   
Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK

2009   
James White, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, DE

2008   
The Rough With the Smooth, Max Wigram Gallery at Armory Show, New York, US
James White, Atle Gerhardensen, Berlin, DE

2007   
Doomed, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
New Paintings, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, US

2004
United Elements, MW projects, London, UK 

2003   
Paintings, Museum 52, London, UK 

2000
Atoll, Fig-1, London, UK
Paradise, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, US 

1999
The Incidental Monumental 2, Modern Art, London, UK 

1998
The Incidental Monumental, Tomato Projects, London, UK

 1997
James White & Tim Sheward, Entwistle Gallery, London, Uk
James White & Tim Sheward, Case Kaplan Gallery, New York, US

1996
Risky Business, Banner Street, London, UK

1993
James White, Gavin Turk’s Studio, London, UK

  

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 
Nature Morte: Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition, Guildhall Art Gallery, London UK
SELECTED, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
Nature Morte: Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition, Museum Narodowe, Wroctaw, POMalverkasyning, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, IS

2016  
What’s Up 2.0, curated by Lawrence Van Hagen, 94 Portland Place, London, UK
Nature Morte: Contemporary artists  reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition, Konsthallen Bohuslan Museum, Uddervalla, SE

2015   
Nature morte : Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition, Ha gamle prestegard, Stavanger, NO
Tutti Frutti, Turps Banana Gallery, London, UK
Sean Kelly Gallery artists at Chrome Hearts, Chrome Hearts, Miami, US 

2013   
Revealed 2: CollectorSpace, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, AU
Viewfinder, Time Shephard Projects, London, Uk
Dirty Pop, &Model, Leeds, UK

2012   
Minderwertige Gemälde, Galeria Cadaques, Catalonia, ES

2011
James White, Inhabit, London, UK

2010   
Keep me Posted, Posted, London, UK
Group Show, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
The Adventure of Reality, International Realism Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL
Group Show, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
Shazam!, c/o- Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, DE
Realism- The Adventure of Reality, Kunsthalle Emden, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, DE
Dawnbreakers, John Hansard Gallery, Southhampton, UK

2008   
Go for it! Olbricht Collection, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, DE

2007   
All Tomorrow’s  Pictures, Institue for Contemporary Art (ICA), London, UK

2006   
Dance like nobody’s watching, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
John Moores 24, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2005  
God is bored of us II, FMCG, London, UK
Chambres a Part, Hotel Sezzm Paris, FR 

2004
New Blood, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2002
Paintings in Hospitals, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2001
The Wedding Show, Casey Kaplan, New York, US

2000
4 British Artists, Archimede Staffoloni Gallery, Nicosia, CY
Octoberfest 2000, VTO, London, UK
Gallery Artists, Casey Kaplan, New York, US
Blue, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK

1999
Cartoons and Comics, Heathrow Airport, UK
Fun de Siecle, Middlesborough Art Gallery/ Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle/ Walsall Museum and Art Gallery, UK

1998
Artclub Berlin, Videoforum, Berlin, DE

1997
Honkey Tonks, The Kitchen, London, UK

1996
Joo, Sheward & White, Wigram, The Post Office, London, UK
Some of my best friends are geniuses (curated by Jake Chapman), Independent Art Space (I.A.S), London, UK
Against, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London, UK
Fool’s Rain, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, UK
Video work at the Tramshed, Ridinghouse editions, London, UK 

1993
Ammihilation, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
Lucky Kunst, Silver Place, London, UK

1992
Jake Chapman, Dinos Chapman, James White, Sam Taylor-Wood, Clove2 Gallery, London, UK

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2015
Drawing and Painting: Materials and Techniques for Contemporary Artists, Thames & Hudson, London, UK 

2014
A Brush with the Real : Figurative Painting Today, Laurence King, London, UK 

2013
Michael Petry, Nature Morte: Contemporary artists reinvigorate the Still-life tradition, Thames & Hudson, London, UK

2012
Exhibition Catalogue, London, Siegfried Contemporary, James White: Abstract Thoughts

2011
Martin Herbert and Jeremy Millar, James White: Paintings, Fuel, London, UK

2010
Exhibition Catalogue, Rotterdam,  International Realism Kunsthal ,The Adventure of Reality
Exhibition Catalogue, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, Dawnbreakers

2009
Exhibition Catalogue, Munich, Kunsthalle Emden/Kunsthalle der Hypo- Kulturstiftung, Realism – The Adventure of Reality 

2008
Exhibition Catalogue, Bremen, Neues Museum Weserburg,“Go for it! Olbricht Collection” 

2007
Exhibition Catalogue, London, Max Wigram Gallery, James White: Doomed

2006
Exhibition Catalogue, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, John Moores 24

2002
Exhibition Catalogue, London, The Saatchi Gallery, Paintings in Hospitals

2001
Exhibition Catalogue, Spafax Publishing, London, Fig 1: v. 1:50 projects in 50 weeks

2000
Exhibition Catalogue, Walsall, The New Art Gallery, Blue

1999
Exhibition Catalogue, Walsall Museum and Art Gallery, Fun de Siecle
Jonathan Barnbrook , Exhibition Catalogue, London, Saatchi Gallery, Young British Art: The Saatchi Decade

1996
Exhibition Catalogue, Independent Art Space(I.A.S) London, Some of my best friends are Geniuses, (curated by Jake Chapman)

1992
Exhibition Catalogue, London, Clove2 Gallery, Jake Chapman, Dinos Chapman, James White, Sam Taylor-Wood


SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

2016
“Gerhardsen Gerner is very pleased to announce the fifth solo exhibition with the British painter James White at the Berlin gallery.” Art Rabbit, November 4
Pei-Ruh Keh,“Black and white?: Sean Kelly showcases the hyperreal paintings of James White”, Wallpaper, February 11
E.Steer,“5 Questions With James White”, Elephant Magazine, February 11         

2014
N.N, “James White joins Sean Kelly Gallery”, Art Media Agency, 28 January
N.N, “Sean Kelly Gallery announces representation of London-based painter James White”, artdaily.org, January
N.N., “Sean Kelly announces representation of James White”, Regator,  January

2013
L.Arikoglu, “James White on Pop, Photorealism and the YBA Days”, Whitewall, 22 March
P.Carey-Kent, “ ART STUFF on a train #25: “When Photos are Paintings and Paintings are Photos“, FADonline, 22 October
K.Levine, “Anthony McCall and James White”, ARTnews, May
K.Prapoglou, “James White: “...and from this Position” @ Max Wigram Gallery”, REVma, 8 October
N.N, “James White, Luis Zerbini”, Mousse Magazine, October/November

2012
A.Moore, “Cornered”, Wallpaper, 25 June
R.Spence, “The real thing”, Financial Times / Life & Arts, 14-15 July
N.N, “Paintings: James White”, Digital Temple Magazine, Spring

2011
M.Colajanni, “James White”, Exibart.com, 1 April
A.Pippo, “La Lunga istantanea dell”iper-reale”, Artribune.com, 14 April
B.Rossi, “Istantanee di fascino”, Insideart.eu, 22 April 

2009
M.Wilson, “James White”, Artforum, January 

2008
N.Kuhn, “In der Fremde”, Der Tagesspiegel, 12 April
I.Wiensowski, “Tageskarte Kunst: Rembrandt Reloaded”, Spiegel Online, 7 April
N.N, “James White”, Zitty Berlin, 27 March–9 April
N.N, “James White”, Der Tagesspiegel, 27 March

2007
R.Gray, “Exhibit”, 10 Men, Spring
C.Pasqualetti “Alla Ricerca della Banalita”, Arte Mondadori
N.N, “James White”, Kultureflash.net, 19 April 

2005  
M.Coomer, “James White: MWprojects”, Time Out, 12–19 January
J.Lack, “James White: MWprojects”, The Guardian Guide, 8–14 January
H.Slimane, “Tout Hedi”, Jalouse, April, Issue no. 79 

2004
C.Darwent, “The other names to look out for”, Independent on Sunday, January
C.Lewisohn, “Art Category: James White”, Dazed and Confused
N.N, “Its all about”, Harpers and Queen, January

2003
A.B, “James White at Museum 52”, GQ Magazine, November
S.Hubbard, “James White at Museum 52”, The Independent, 17 November
B.Louden, “James White”, Dazed and Confused
R.Montgomery, “Another Creative Programme”, Another Magazine

2000    
K.Johnson, “James White and Tim Sheward”, New York Times, 16 June
N.N, “Young British Art, The Saatchi Decade”, Booth-Clibborn Editions
M.Dailey, “James White and Tim Sheward, Casey Caplan”, Artforum, October

1998
N.N “James White and Tim Sheward”, Frieze, Issue 38, January–February

1997
M.Van de Valle, “James White and Tim Sheward, Casey Caplan”, Artforum, September
J.Saltz, “James White and Tim Sheward, Casey Caplan”, Time out New York, 13 - 20 June

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Kistefos Museum, Oslo, NO
Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, US
Olbricht Collection, Essen, DE
The Saatchi Collection, London, UK

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