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John White

John White – 4201 E. 3rd Street

Artist Statement

Having been in art and design all my life, painting seemed a natural transition for me.  I have had the opportunity to study under some of the most prominent plein air painters in the southwest, and living in California provides me with a wealth of beautiful places to paint in the outdoors, from the oceans to the mountains and desert.

My process starts outside painting small plein air studies which I then work up in my studio to larger pieces.  Working outdoors with the use of light, color and composition and painting on location is nothing short of joyous.  Not a day goes by, that if I’m not painting… I wish that I were.

About the Artist

Born and raised in Whittier, CA, John took classes in drawing and painting throughout his childhood and then moved on to study at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena majoring in graphic design.

After college, John went to work for a number of design and advertising firms in the Los Angeles area before opening his own creative agency in 1989.  His company grew from a one man firm to a 30 person agency in the 17 years he had his business, winning numerous awards for his work as well as inclusion in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress.

John retired in 2005 to start a new chapter of his life.  Today he enjoys painting, both studio and plein air, as well as heading up and teaching the advertising program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

Exhibitions and Awards

2017:

Juried into the Summer Salon Show at Saga Fine Art, Monrovia, CA, July 18-August 31

Juried into the semi-annual Beverly Hill Art Show, the weekend of May 20-21

Selected as a participant in the Long Beach Museum of Art’s “Art Education XVI, May 7, with his piece, “Hot Tin Roof”

John will be the featured artist and the Long Beach Yacht Club Ladies Day, April 13

“Egg Heaven” selected as one of the top 15% of all entries by jurors in the March Boldbrush Painting competition

2016:

Juried into the “Waterworks 2016” show at the Watertower Gallery in Mendocino, CA, July 1-31

Featured artist in the “Follow the Sun” show at the Crystal Cove State Park, July 30-31

Featured artist in the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Store April-June, 2016, Crystal Cove, CA

Participating artist in the March 18-20 “Reflections” show at Crystal Cove State Park Gallery

Juried into the “Romance of Landscape” show at Forest and Ocean Gallery, Laguna Beach Feb. 1-March 7

Participating artist in the Long Beach Open Studio Tour, October 8-9

Juried into the SOCALPAPA “Painting the Light” exhibit, November 5-19, Newport Beach, CA

Juried into the Holiday Small Works Show at Saga Fine Art, December, Monrovia, CA

Juried into the annual 6×6 Randy Higby Show, December 2016-January 2017, Costa Mesa, CA

2015:

Juried into “Coast to Coast” show by Laguna PAPA and held at Forest Ocean Gallery, June 23-July 13

Featured artist in the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Store 3rd quarter 2015, Crystal Cove, CA

Juried into “California Impressionism – Plein Air Painting Past & Present”, Huntington Beach Art Center, May 1-July 4.  In conjunction with Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and the Irvine Museum.

Selected as a participant in the Long Beach Museum of Art’s “Art Auction XVI”, May 31, 2015

Selected a participating artist in the Crystal Cove “In Bloom” art show, March 14-15

Featured article in the Catalina Island Yacht Club quarterly newsletter, “View from the Deck”, Jan/Feb, 2015

Selected as Artist of the Month for Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association’s Website, January 2015

2014:

Selected as a winning artist for the National Oil & Acrylic Fall 2014 International Exhibition

Juried into 6″ Squared Annual Show at Randy Higbee Gallery, Dec. 2014.  All 5 of 5 submitted accepted.

Participating artist in the Crystal Cove Art Show, Oct. 2014

One Man Show, Long Beach, CA, Sept., 2014

Participating artist in the “Spot of Color” show and featured painting on cover of invitation, Crystal Cove Store, July 2014

Selected as a participating artist in Los Gatos Plein Air 2014, Los Gatos, CA, June 2014

Selected as a participating artist in the 11th Annual Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO, June 2014

Featured artist in an article on Plein Air Painters in June issue of Southwest Magazine

Featured artist in the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Store 1st quarter 2014, Crystal Cove, CA

2013:

Selected as a participating artist in the California Art Club’s “Art Between the Lines II” show, Nov 2013

Selected as a participating artist in the annual Art with a Bayou View fundraiser for the benefit of Monroe, LA Symphony Orchestra, Nov 2013

Featured artist in the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Store for 4th quarter 2013, Crystal Cove, CA

Featured artist in the annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, Oct 12-13, La Jolla, CA

One Man Show, Naples, CA, July 2013

Selected as a participating artist in the 10th Annual Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO, June 2013

Selected as a participating artist in Los Gatos Plein Air 2013, Los Gatos, CA, June 2013

Featured artist at Grand Opening of Naples Locker, March 22, Long Beach, CA

Featured artist in “Springtime Magic” Show at Crystal Cove Gallery, March 15-17, Crystal Cove, CA

2012:

Participated in the annual “Banking on Art” exhibit Wells Fargo Bank Laguna Beach, Nov 2012-Jan 2013

Juried into the California Art Club’s “California Heritage” at the Jose Vera Gallery, Pasadena, Oct 2012

Selected as a participating artist in the 9th Annual Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO, June 2012

Selected as a participating artist in Los Gatos Plein Air 2012, Los Gatos, CA, June 2012

Juried into the Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association’s 8th Annual Best of Plein Air, June 2012

Selected as a participating artist in the 19th Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA, May 2012

Juried into the Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association’s 6th Annual Less is More Show, April 2012

Selected as “Artist of the Month” on Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association Website, March 2012

Selected to participate in the 2012 La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA, March 2012

Juried into California Art Club’s “Iconic California” Show, Altadena, CA, Jan-May 2012

2011:

Second Place in SO CAL PAPA “Small is Beautiful” Show, Newport Beach, CA, Dec 2011

Juried into the annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, Oct 2011

Awarded “Best Coastal Scene” in the city of San Clemente’s City Plan Art Competition

Juried into California Art Club’s “Magnificent Miniatures” show in Pasadena, CA, Dec 2011

2010:

First Place in the SO CAL PAPA Plein Air “Aquatics Show,” Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2010

First Place Artist Choice Award in the 9th Annual Idyllwild Plein Air Festival, June 2010

Long Beach Museum of Art selects, “On the Mend” for special exhibit, “Artists Explore Long Beach”

Montgomery Museum of Fine Art selects and sells at auction, “Mailboxes, etc.” piece, Feb 2010

2009:

Dual exhibition C. C. Gallagher Gallery, Avalon Catalina, CA, June-Aug 2009

2008:

First Place Award in the Catalina Island 50th Festival of the Arts exhibition, Sept 2008

One Man Show, Long Beach Yacht Club, Long Beach, CA

Professional Organizations:

California Art Club

Oil Painters of America

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

Southern California Plein Air Painters Association

 

Visit John’s website at johnwhitestudios.com