Episode 365: Wayne White


Toward the end of the interview, Wayne White gestures to a word painting sit nearby on the floor of his home workshop. “Finally got there, wasn’t so great,” he says, reading the big, block letters out loud. “That’s the story of life. It’s been a heck of a journey, though. In the late-70s, the Chattanooga kid moved to New York, to attend classes at SVA, including a brief stint studying under Art Spielgman. By the mid-80s, he found T.V. work as a puppeteer, imprinting his work on countless young minds with the puppets of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. The have been Emmys along the way and Grammys for music videos like Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” and The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight.” More recently, White has carved out a niche in the fine art world, further catapulted to prominence with the delightful 2012 documentary, Beauty is Embarrassing.

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