The Wonderful World of Wayne White

by Jessica Hodgson (Madewell)

Failed Abstract Paintings of the Seventies, 2002

On one of my recent daily ventures around the blogosphere, I encountered the fantastic Wayne White—and I’ll be honest, I’m obsessed. An American artist who’s also known for his Emmy Award-winning set and puppet design for Pee-wee’s Playhouse (you should be sold on that fact alone), White grabbed my attention with his whimsical collection of “word paintings.” I’m already a typography junkie with a sincere appreciation for the absurd, so White’s traditional landscapes peppered with irreverent phrases are totally up my alley. Until I can afford an original, I’ll be poring over his book, Wayne White: Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve (edited by Todd Oldham), which I immediately bought as an end-of-summer gift to myself.

It’s just so good: Wayne White: Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve