Todd White’s paintings are easily among the world’s most collectable. As an incredibly accomplished living artist, Todd White’s work is in great demand both in the U.S. and around the world. You could loosely classify his style as figurative impressionism, an interesting callback to his roots as a character artist in Hollywood animation. However, there’s very little to pigeonhole about Todd White. Every piece he paints is a meticulously thought-out creation, intended to convey a specific story. Indeed, he doesn’t pick up the brush until the idea for the piece is fully fleshed out in his mind.
Learn more about this contemporary master below in videos, his background, how to commission a one-of-a-kind piece, and browse our full collection of his art below.
About Todd White
Born in 1969 in Texas, he came from humble roots. During his twenties he relocated to Hollywood and worked in the animation field; 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 Todd started to forge his artistic style by experimenting with techniques and concepts. He eventually arrived at the working method that now guides him through every piece. He always names his pieces first, visualizes faces and personalities, then develops each person’s story. In fact, he doesn’t paint at all until he can conceptually see that story in his head. And he always tells it as directly as possible – what isn’t necessary to the story doesn’t go on the canvas.
Hands are a focal point as he’s always been impressed by how powerfully and expressively tiny gesticulations can amplify an actor’s performance. ”Everyone’s hands are full of personality,” says Todd, “They reflect the subject’s state of mind almost as much as facial expressions.”
He’s a compulsive observer of detail, always studying and absorbing figures, faces and features. Subconsciously, he spends his life people-watching – scribbling down sketches whatever the situation (often on napkins, even tablecloths) to record an idea for his next work.
His paintings captivate people. They often invoke laughter and demand repeated viewings. By revealing his subjects’ innermost feelings, he creates timeless scenes of attraction and intimacy. Beneath the exaggerated features and textured skin of his characters there is truth; Both theirs and ours.
Todd’s subjects come from the everyday world, but his perspective is so unusual that he alters the way we perceive people and the roles we play around each other. He studies body language, using its nuances to capture the subtleties of what people show and hide.
He was chosen from hundreds of artists as the Official Artist of the GRAMMY® Awards in 2007, the world’s most prestigious music event. And in 2009, Todd was invited by Warner Bros. to contribute to a major design exhibition celebrating the 70th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.
Todd collaborated with Coca-Cola in 2010 to produce limited edition bottles and cans. His unique box signature appears directly on the product; Which was the first time Coca-Cola had given credit to a fine artist in this manner.
In 2011 Todd was awarded one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious accolades in the shape of the Diana Princess of Wales Gold Medal, after donating his portrait of the Princess to the Diana Awards charity. Only 11 people to date, Todd now included as the only American, have been honoured with the Award.
Following a string of record-breaking shows in the UK, Todd returned to the US to even greater acclaim, and has become one of the world’s most collectable and successful living artists.
The most important thing to Todd White as an artist is the human perspective — his, yours, his characters’ — and he works to showcase this with an almost obsessive compulsion. The result is incredibly captivating art that provokes thought and humor in equal measure. Learn more about him in these videos, particularly his interview with Joe Rogan. Browse our collection of Todd White pieces below.
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Yes, you can opt-out of Todd White’s framing and select one at our in-house frame shop, with any of our art consultants! Framing is included in the price, because Todd White loves choosing framing for his works. A Todd White framed piece may not come framed exactly as you have seen it before on our site or social platforms, because he will occasionally choose a new frame that suits the mood of the art.
Generally speaking he is a figurative impressionist, but he adds his own twists and modern take.
Todd White has accrued a massive fan base over the last decade. He was recently a guest on Joe Rogan, contributed to the animation of cult favorite Ren & Stimpi, Spongebob Squarepants, and was the official artist of the ‘07 Grammy’s.
Todd White likes the intimacy of small edition sizes. A small room’s worth of individuals all sharing the common interest of his piece is endearing to him. If you find something you love, give us a call, his limited editions go fast.
Yes! Todd loves creating characters with stories and he would love to learn yours. Reach out to us for more information and pricing.
- Aleksandra Rozenvain
- Alexander Volkov
- Barak Rozenvain
- Boris Kramer
- Charles Pabst
- Dr. Seuss
- Eric Christensen
- Ira Reines
- Jack Storms
- John Mark Gleadow
- Jon Paul
- Loet Vanderveen
- Lyman Whitaker
- Mackenzie Thorpe
- Malcolm Tibbetts
- Mario Jung
- Markus Pierson
- Maya Eventov
- Michael Flohr
- Michael Parkes
- Michael Rozenvain
- Miri Rozenvain
- Rob Gonsalves
- Rolinda Stotts
- Sally Maxwell
- Steve Barton
- Thomas Easley
- Todd White
All of Todd White’s paintings are infused with bold and unique personalities that act as devices for White to convey his own perspective for the piece. He even picks out the frames for each of his oil paintings to suit the mood of the art. While the framing is included in the price, you can choose to opt out and have it custom framed by us to blend in better with your interior decor.
As befits one of the world’s most in-demand artists, Todd White’s limited editions move very quickly. Like his originals, these too come to you in a frame chosen by him. You’ll notice the edition sizes are smaller than you might be used to. White likes the intimacy created by a group of people appreciating a piece of artwork together. If you are interested in a specific limited edition, please get in touch with us to learn more about it.
Sold Originals / Commission Ideas
Take your art collection to the next level with a Todd White piece created specifically for you on commission! At Marcus Ashley Gallery, one of our specialties is offering our clients this one-of-a-kind commission process with many of our artists. We work with you and the artist to coordinate sizing, theme, placement, and more, all while ensuring a smooth process and timely delivery. Todd White’s paintings each tell an evocative narrative, and he loves to weave personal stories into his creations. Get in touch with us to learn more about how to make your own story come to life in a commission with Todd White.
Todd White’s paintings and artwork have that special something that keeps you coming back for more. Learn more about his technique and what drives him by speaking to one of our art consultants. Want to find the perfect piece for that space you’ve set aside on your wall? We can arrange a virtual or in-person home preview to help you do just that. Check out all the services we provide here at Marcus Ashley Gallery, including attractive financing and layaway options.
Don’t miss out on the chance to meet Todd White in person, either! Keep a close watch on our events schedule to see when he’s due to visit our gallery next.