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Tagsmart weekly discovery: the art of Dave White

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Born in 1971 in Liverpool, Dave White brings a fresh take to the traditional paint-to-canvas medium. He uses oil and watercolour to create works that are filled with expression, emotion and dynamism. Known for his animal series’, White captures creatures from the natural world with astonishing vividness, exploiting colour, texture and tonality to generate a unique aesthetic. His works are characterised by an energy of movement, achieved through the sharp splashes, drips and strokes of paint that fill the canvas.

Opening tonight, White is exhibiting his Apex series in the MIX: Summer Group Show 2017 at Lawrence Alkin Gallery

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The artist has also recently donated the edition number 30/30 of his Gold Leaf Tiger for Artsy’s online auction to raise funds for the Grenfell Tower victims. The auction runs until 1 August and the grant goes to The London Community Foundation

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White has also taken part in the largest installation of public art ever to appear in London BT ArtBox, designed the trainers for the American Olympic basketball team and worked alongside Nike, a collaboration which continues until today. His work has been exhibited at international art fairs and in New York, London, Shanghai, Miami, Rotterdam and Dallas, to name a few. 

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As his career continues to reach new heights, and his work attracts more and more attention, Dave White remains fundamentally a brilliant painter.

Is a dead shark in a tank really worth millions of dollars? Art, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder—but Damien Hirst’s infamous 1991 work, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, fetched a reported US$12 million for reasons aside from its creative merit. In the video above, Vox breaks down the economics behind high-profile art market sales, and explains why an art dealer’s reputation is sometimes just as important (if not more so) than a work’s creator.