Meet Todd White at Hep­ple­stone Fine Art

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The BBC Todd White is one of those peo­ple who sim­ply seem to have it all, looks, charm and tal­ent... and a dis­tinc­tive style and down to earth per­son­al­ity that have won him an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion.

Born in Texas in 1969, Todd White re­lo­cated to Hol­ly­wood in his twen­ties and worked in an­i­ma­tion de­vel­op­ing char­ac­ters at some of the most renowned pro­duc­tion studios in the coun­try. He was even part of the lead team for the in­ter­na­tional hit car­toon se­ries Spongebob Squarepant­s. Dur­ing this pe­riod, White started to forge his artis­tic style by ex­per­i­ment­ing with colours and concepts, even­tu­ally ar­riv­ing at the work­ing method that now guides him through ev­ery piece. Al­ways nam­ing his pieces first,

Todd vi­su­alises faces and per­son­al­i­ties and then de­vel­ops each person’s story. He spends his life peo­ple-watch­ing - scrib­bling down sketches what­ever the sit­u­a­tion (often on nap­kins or even table­cloths) to record an idea for his next work. ‘’Ev­ery­one’s hands are full of per­son­al­ity,”’ says White, “They reflect the sub­ject’s state of mind al­most as much as fa­cial ex­pres­sions.”

The multi award win­ning artist was cho­sen from hun­dreds

of artists as the Of­fi­cial Artist of the GRAMMY® Awards and in 2009 was in­vited by Warner Bros. to con­trib­ute to a ma­jor de­sign ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing the 70th An­niver­sary of The Wizard of Oz. One of these spe­cial Oz paint­ings was snapped up by Sylvester Stal­lone for a record price for the artist of $250,000. This year he has been in­vited back again to pro­duce an 80th An­niver­sary col­lec­tors edi­tion fea­tur­ing Dorothy which will be on show at Hep­ple­stone Fine Art.

Now, one of the world’s most col­lectable and successful liv­ing artists, White will be show­cas­ing his lat­est orig­i­nal paint­ings and lim­ited edi­tion prints at Hep­ple­stone Fine Art at He­skin Shop­ping Vil­lage near Chorley , where he did his first ever UK per­sonal ap­pear­ance. Ev­ery piece of Todd White art­work pur­chased on the evening of the ex­hi­bi­tion will be per­son­alised by the artist who will pro­duce an orig­i­nal sketch of the buyer on the re­verse of the piece – what a unique one off op­por­tu­nity.

‘Mal­ibu’ from the lat­est col­lec­tion

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