Painting is an act of discovery. I make my most interesting images when I wrestle with my external experience and try to find in it something that is new and visually unique in its translation. I think of making an image as far different from simply rendering a subject, creating a photographic illusion. There is something underneath the surface of the familiar that asks to be found. It is the unfolding process of seeing and painting that brings the unknown closer to the surface. It is this discovery that I hope each viewer can make too from my painting, seeing the image as more than just everyday subject matter.
Bill White is a painter whose works range from small works on paper to large-scale oil paintings. Color is the hallmark of his work. The images are created from direct observation, from which he translates sensation and feeling into form. The paintings show the “tracks of the brush” as it gives shape to the image by means of color. The vigorous, yet considered character of form conveys a lush sense of light and space.
Bill White, emeritus professor of art at Hollins University, was the recipient of the 2000 Herta Freitag Faculty Award for Professional Accomplishments and the 1995 Hollins Distinguished Service Award. He received his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts)
His work has been shown in over 25 solo exhibitions, including the Bowery Gallery, NYC and over 85 invitational and juried group shows. He is represented in such public collections as the Medical College of Virginia, the Virginia State Bar Association, The Art Museum of Western Virginia, the State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Henry Hope Art Museum at Indiana University. He has been the visiting artist/guest speaker at places such as the New York Studio School in New York and the Washington Studio School in Washington, D.C.