Wayne White (born 1957) is an artist, art director, illustrator, and puppeteer who has worked in film and television, as well as exhibited his work in museums and art galleries.
As an illustrator, he has worked in magazines such as the East Village Eye, New York Times, Raw Magazine, and the Village Voice. He has been an art director on famous television shows such as Pee-wee's Playhouse (with which he won three Emmys), Shining Time Station, Beakman's World, Riders In The Sky, and Bill & Willis. He was also an art director in the video clips The Smashing Pumpkins Tonight, Tonight and Peter Gabriel's Big Time that won him MTV awards.
He has gained fame in the art world for his vintage landscapes that involve messages written in large letters, which tend to be irreverent and comical. They commonly refer to the vanity of the human being, the ego, or his personal memories of the Southern United States. The recourse of giant letters in the landscape is a direct reference to the American reality of advertising and the bombardment of messages received by its citizens. In his own words: The whole American landscape is nothing but giant letter forms. It’s a classic kind of American landscape motif.
Marcel Duchamp is a Big Fag, 2000
Acrylic on offset lithograph in in artist’s frame
28-5/8 x 64-5/8 inches