British artist Dave White has a signature style that involves an explosive application of drips and splats of paint. Often referred to as the UK’s Andy Warhol, White recently showed off a new body of work in London for his Western-inspired show Americana. As part of that series, White created watercolor on paper works that are reminiscent of some of the first pieces he debuted over 20 years ago. These are said to be just as dynamic, but more powerful.
In a recent interview with Ralph Lauren Magazine, he explains what’s new and different.
“Something I'm doing with the animal works and the Native American portraits, especially the watercolors, is including very precious metals like platinum leaf and 24-karat gold leaf, which you won't even really notice when you see them in the flesh, but as a tool it sort of adds to the majesty and the importance and the respect I have for animal and human life. I'm also very interested in the animation and with the way I put paint down. For the animal works in particular, I was using watercolor, which is a very fluid and dynamic medium. It's almost alive, and it adds to the realism in a way. I'm very interested in the dynamism of animal life.”
Two versions of the Cougar (first piece, above) are now available. One is limited edition of 20, hand finished with 24-carat gold leaf and the other, without the golf leaf, is limited edition of 50. You can find more info about this on his website.