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Rory White

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"Xochitl of God" with artist Oil on Canvas 60"x48" © rory white
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Skid Row Mon Amour, La Gioconda: Portrait of Wanda Robinson, 2008 Oil on Canvas 40"x30" © rory white
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© rory white (all images on my artslant/copry rorywhite)
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Marina's Easel: Detail Archival Pigment Print From Oil Painting Both by Artist 24"x30" © copyright rory white
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"Marina's Easel" Archival Pigment Prints From Oil on Canvas 24" X 30" © copyright Rory White
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"Marina's Easel" (printed frame detail by artist) Archival Pigment Print From Oil on Canvas / Painting & Print by Artist 24"x30" © copyright Rory White
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L.A. of Gold: Downtown from Los Feliz Hills, 2012 Oil on Canvas 24" X 36" © rory white
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Spring Street Gorge (small field study) Oil on Canvas 24" X 18" © rory white
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Carol Reading Scripture, 2008-11 Pencil Drawing Transmuted to Archival Pigment Print Ap 5'x20" © rory white
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© rory white
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The Virgin Mary. detail: relief carving in basswood © rory white
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relief sculpture: basswood frame with image "Michael/Skid Row Mon Amour" © rory white
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artist with relief sculpture in basswood, 2010 Basswood © rory white
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relief sculpture: basswood frame with hebrew calligraphy segment © rory white
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Many Chambered Woman, 1974 Pencil on Paper (graphite on Vellum) © rory white
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Carved Headboard "Nightingale & the Rose", early 1970's (commissioned by Troy Scott Nerney) Japanese Oak Approximately 4 Feet Wide by 3 Feet High © rory white
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River of Bavel / Hebrew calligraphy cursive-style vertical Calligraphy on Paper © rory white
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Taharoag / Psalm 42 ...as the hart panteth.... © rory white
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
los angeles, california
Birth year
1949
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Schools
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1967, Regent Scholar
UCSC (University of California Santa Cruz), 1973, B.A. ART
Antioch University Los Angeles / Goddard College, 0
Tags
non-profit surrealism, arts-education mixed-media, figurative, sculpture, photography
Statement

Career Points: OIL PAINTER, PHOTOGRAPHER, ACTIVIST

ELI LILY PERSON OF THE DECADE AWARD 

2008 Eli Lilly WBA Program, Person of the Decade award for work in Skid Row, founding an MFA level studio art project for homeless and recently homeless and homeless mentally ill in 1998-2008.  

HUMBLE BEAUTY:

major subject as one of the mentors ...the term used by the film-makers... in the multiply awarded film, HUMBLE BEAUTY: SKID ROW ARTISTS available on Amazon Prime, Google Play, and other venues .  NOTE: the film includes a finite, but significant, selection of my still photographs, woven into the matrix of visuals of the film.

(see HumbleBeauty.com)

-SKID ROW LAMP ART PROJECT  1998-2008


-designed, founded and ran for ten years (1998-2008) the Lamp Art Project for Lamp Community and serving homeless, formerly homeless, and other Skid Row residents, with a Master's level studio art program in the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row sector.  did this project in conjunction with the early decades of Lamp Community’s then cutting edge existence.


-took over 100,000 photographs in Skid Row, taught oil painting, and created my own oils and drawings in that period.   including accomplishing a massive photographic coverage of the thousands of arrests in the star-crossed and ultimately horrific "Los Angeles Safer Cities Initiative". 

-ART WORKS PROJECT/Continuum:   2011-2015 and as a CONTINUUM to this day 

-designed and ran ART WORKS project, Sponsored by Aileen Getty, and in conjunction with the nonprofit, Housing Works, serving artists and other humans who have experienced marginalization by homelessness and/or  conditions of difference and vulnerability in Los Angeles.

(The project has a three year granted period and embraced artists I had both previously worked with, and artists I work with to this day).


-ARTIST'S NOTES:

-I have worked in Art and Social Justice my entire life, my first most visible involvement being one of the few male course instructors through the Santa Cruz Women’s Prison Project through which i designed and taught a combined Art History and Studio Arts course at California Institution for Women's Death Row (SSU/Special Security Unit) in 1973-74.   Program directed by Dr. Karlene Faith Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus Simon Fraser University School of Criminology, author "Unruly Women: the Politics of Confinement and Resistance”).


One of my initial premises in doing art projects for outsiders was that creative genius is extremely high in persons that do not fit into the tight linear tracks of this country’s educational, and societal fine arts systems and structures.  I never embraced the ludicrous notion that the Skid Row inhabitants “needed culture brought to them” but that the culture of the people of Skid Row was radically spiritual, intelligent, brave and exquisite.  I sought the honor of offering simple resources considered normal in the rest of societal niches, that is a Master’s Level studio space and materials for the fine arts, to the peoples of Skid Row.  


The project was an amazing success, the artists producing thousands of museum level paintings and works of art, winning Frederick Weisman, Green Foundation, Annenberg and other awards. We were featured heavily in the award winning documentary film “Humble Beauty” and the unfinished “Ashes and Roses” and I myself was given the Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award “Person of the Decade” grant in 2008 to continue my work in art and social justice.  

-ADDITIONAL DATA:
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Outside the Inside Outside: Exibition of Skid Row Lamp Art Project Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles  2008  Initiated by Robert Shapazian of Gagosian Gallery and curated by Shane Guffog, director of Pharmaka Gallery


2005 & 2006 Venice Art Walk
 
1998-2011 CONTINUOUS EXHIBITING  HALLWAY GALLERY
Lamp Community, Crocker & 6th Street, SKID ROW, Los Angeles.

(EARLY EXHIBITIONS including TOPANGA & BIG SUR)

Mermaid Tavern Exhibition, Topanga, CA

1973

(two-person show with Christine Bernert following
Wallace Berman's exhibition that year)
 
1980-1995
ART HISTORICAL RESEARCH
ART SALES AND PLACEMENT:

RORY WHITE FINE ART  1982-1993
Historical art dealing


Primary Focus: early to late 20th C. California post-impressionist & modernist.  


Significant historical art research accomplished and became an information resource for multiple art historical books, etc.
(see literature cited)
 
COAST GALLERY BIG SUR  1994-95


(oldest extant fine art gallery big sur)
(Rory re-curated Gallery with early 20th C. Modernist to Contemporary Big Sur painters).


 Big Sur Artists Annual Exhibition,

Henry Miller Memorial Library & Gallery

1993 and 1994


CARMEL ART ASSOCIATION 1981-2


(oldest continuing Artist's Cooperative west of the Mississippi)
Contemporary Central Coast Artists and California Artists from late 19th C. through 20th C.

PASQUALE IANNETTI GALLERIES 1980-81

Old Master to Modernist works on paper.  Focus on Rembrandt, etched body of work.

-EDUCATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS


UCLA  Awarded REGENT'S' SCHOLARSHIP 1968

-Highest Academic Achievement Award given by the University of California


University of California Santa Cruz    B.A. in Studio Arts  1978

 

Antioch Univeristy, Los Angeles:  non-degree focused Graduate Studies in Social Justice, Social Psychology.


Goddard College:  non-degree focused Graduate Studies in MFA Program, Interdisciplinary Arts
............

 

ADDITIONAL CRITICAL TEACHERS OF INFLUENCE UPON ME:

DR. MARY HOLMES, UC Santa Cruz, oil painter, art historian

JASPER ROSE, UC Santa Cruz, painter, art historian

DR. ENSHO ASHIKIAGA, UCLA (Chair, Asian Studies) educator and Sumi-e painter

DR. THICH THIEN-AN, professor  UCLA (Asian Studies)

DR. ALICE MATSUNAGA, professor  UCLA (Asian Studies)

DR. KARLENE FAITH, History of Consciousness/Prison Studies  UC Santa Cruz

 

and:

BOB GERBRACHT, oil painter

RENEE WHITE, oil painter printmaker