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“Picnic” // Billy White Solo Exhibition at SHRINE LA

April 1, 2023

Abstract painting of a portrait

Check out Billy White’s Picnic At Shine Los Angeles!

Billy White loves picnics. For the artist, there is no better way to connect and celebrate almost anything than by gathering with family, friends and for Billy White, the childhood heroes that have inspired him as an artist. White repeatedly invites nostalgic icons such as Vincent van Gogh, Sallie Field, Eddie Murphy, Elvis, and Redd Foxx to make appearances in his art, and they are of course invited to his painted picnic, which is open to everyone.

Picnics have interestingly become a pervasive theme in the drawings, paintings and sculptures created by many of the studio artists at the NIAD Art Center in Richmond, CA. NIAD is a nonprofit space dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities, like Billy White, work full time as artists. This group-longing for outdoor recreation and camaraderie is likely the result of the pandemic, which separated these artists and friends for more than two years. Now that everyone is back together again, there is a vivid sense of jubilation and a shared desire to reconnect and resurface.

As a human, Billy White openly shares his love and upbeat energy with anyone, and everyone, that he crosses paths with. His sincere goodwill for the world and his trueness of spirit feel distinct and rare, and these qualities infuse all aspects of his life including an art practice that ranges from drawings on paper, to painting on canvas and also works in clay. White’s enthusiasm for life and art is contagious, which is particularly remarkable given some of the challenges he has faced in life.

White works intuitively and with complete freedom from the pitfalls of self-doubt. There is no hesitation in his deliberate progression across a canvas; he is always in the groove, as they say. White’s works function as intimate, unmediated expressions of how he perceives the world, and they shine a personalized light on the individuals, both family members and more well known celebrities, that inspire him everyday and give his life joy and meaning.

April 1 – May 13, 2023


April 1, 2023
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