Organizations* : AOA, CAA
Although the central theme of White’s art is the history of the American West, it is anything but traditional. Indeed, White made his break with tradition early. By the time he was 12, his father had enrolled him in an adult art class in a college in Cincinnati. “The war was going on and those small colleges needed all the students they could get, so they agreed to take me. I got a lot of special attention from the teachers. It was great,” he recalls.
While art might have been his first love, it was not until 1962 that White entered the three-dimensional world of the sculptor. Without formal help or instruction from other artists, White developed his own unique style. Sculpting in clay came next, and White's art “stood out” in the crowd. His distinctive style was immediately applauded and appreciated by the art buying public. A decade later, in 1972, White was elected as a member of the Cowboy Artists of America, and he is now widely accepted as one the finest sculptors of this century. White was the recipient of numerous awards with the Cowboy Artists of America, including the Gold medal and Best of Show. He strives to capture the spirit of the persevering American in his work, and his monumental sculpture, Out of the Mystic Past, was the first outdoor sculpture, installed at the Cowboy Artists of America Museum in Kerrville, Texas. .
However, more important than the astonishing number of medals and accolades he has won is White's own sense of remaining true to the vision he has for his art. While his way of doing things may be different, no one can dispute that it works beautifully. Resisting the status quo, he confidently proclaims, “I have developed what I feel is the only intelligent way to approach the challenge of making a piece of sculpture feel alive.” .
Reference: AskArt.com, Cowboy Artists of America publication