Eugene White

Styles: Oil
EUGENE WHITE 1913-1966: Subject matter and intent of an artist's work is most adequately expressed by the artist himself. Eugene White wrote, "The true artist sees beauty in the golden sunshine on streets and houses, on the bright or faded clothing of men, women and children-everywhere is beauty." A colorful transformation of these words are the brush strokes that Eugene White laid down on canvas for thirty-five years. White's work, primarily produced in the 1950's and 1960's, documents the local culture of Florida, the mountains of North Carolina and Georgia, and his native Ohio farmland. His success in capturing true to life situations, such as "7-10-9-Go," is a result of White being regarded as a friend, not an intruder, to the areas he frequented. His keen perception of light and use of rich and true colors catches the mood of his subject and often touches the familiar in the viewer. A great humanitarian and American impressionist, both prolific and versified, White did not have time to say all he wanted before he died suddenly at age 53. He left a large body of work including oil paintings executed with brush and palette knife, casein sketches, lithographs, and a large collection of Flomaster and ink sketches. White's goal to "tell a story" within his paintings was not limited to landscapes. His portraits depicted the character and mood of the model. A vase of dying flowers, he believed, had more expression than those freshly picked. White's career began in elementary school when his fifth grade teacher recognized his potential and presented him with paints and materials. His professional schooling began at Fort Wayne School of Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1935-36. War years and economic pressures interrupted his studies until 1947 when he began studying through the GI Bill at the Ringling School of Art and Design under Loran Wilford. He resided in Sarasota, Florida, for the remainder of his life. As an art instructor, "Gene" was dedicated to the progress of his pupils and focused on positive input. Students would say, "Gene taught us so much more than art." He was artist-in-residence in Florida, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Michigan and South Dakota. Winning national and local honors for his paintings, White exhibited in competitive shows throughout the United States. He executed many portrait commissions and is represented in numerous prominent collections. In New York he won awards at the Salamagundi Club and the Knickerbocker Artists. He received the Governor's Award in Van Wert, Ohio and is listed in Who's Who in American Art.