Willie White: Visionary Artist
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery / Gallery of African American Art
November 15, 2016 – January 21, 2017
This exhibit will showcase the paintings of Mississippi native and self-taught artist, William White, highlighting pieces from his fifty year career. White began painting in the 1950’s, taking inspiration from the culture of New Orleans, initially using his front porch as his canvas. By the 1960’s, White had transitioned to felt tip markers to create works that explored religious imagery, prehistoric creatures, animals, and abstract geometric works. White’s bold colors and simple shapes form works that capture his inspirations of “God and faraway places.” This self-taught, folk artist never achieved the prestige that some of his contemporaries enjoyed but his art has found a home in museums like the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Museum of art, and the Birmingham Museum of Art, as well as in the collections of art connoisseurs.
This exhibition is funded by the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency