John White

John White

John is an award winning artist born and raised in Southern California. He has been drawing and painting his entire life and studied graphic design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.  After college, John went to work for a number of design and advertising firms in Los Angeles before opening his own creative agency in 1989, winning numerous awards for his work as well as inclusion in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress.   He retired in 2005 to start a new chapter in his life. Today he spends his time painting, both studio and plein air, and heading up the advertising program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

John participates in plein air competitions all over the western states and participates in various shows put on by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, California Art Club and Crystal Cove Alliance throughout the year. He has been written up in several publications, including Southwest Art Magazine, a nationally recognized art publication. He donates his work to philanthropic organizations such as the Pathways to Independence Auction, Long Beach Museum of Art’s biennial auction, and the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House, to name a few. John is a member of several painting organizations including, Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, National Acrylic Painters Association and the California Art Club.  

John resides in Long Beach, CA with his wife, that is when they are not travelling to art shows or on paint trips with his pochade box and canvases in tow.

2020-2021 Awards and Exhibitions

Selected by the Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Assn. to be included in the “From Dusk to Dawn” Show, Aug. 9- Sept. 30 at the Laguna Beach City Hall.

Juried into the Long Beach Creative Group Show, “Coming Together”, July 10-Aug. 14 at the Rod Briggs Gallery in Long Beach.

Selected as a participant in the Long Beach Museum of Art’s “Art Auction XVI” with his piece, “Days Gone By, Long Beach CA”. The artwork was available on their website: and via virtual auction platform from 6.12-06.27-2021 culminating in a virtual silent auction and live broadcast and celebration on the evening of 06.27-2021.

John was juried into Oil Painters of America’s 2020 Western Regional Juried Online Exhibition held from

Aug. 1- Sept. 12 at Illume Gallery of Fine Art in St. George, UT. His piece “Just Another Morning in Florence” is being featured at the exhibit.

John was honored to be chosen as the “Artist of the Month” in July 2020 by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

John had two of his paintings juried into the Art Matters show at the Huntington Library in San Marino, March 28.

—See website for full resume/awards/exhibit history—

Contact Info:  562-708-3330