John White

John White

John is an award winning artist born and raised in Southern California. He has been drawing and painting his entire life and studied graphic design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.  After college, John went to work for a number of design and advertising firms in Los Angeles before opening his own creative agency in 1989, winning numerous awards for his work as well as inclusion in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress.   

John retired in 2005 to start a new chapter in his life. Today he spends his time painting, both studio and plein air, and heading up the advertising program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. John participates in plein air competitions all over the western states and participates in various shows put on by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and the California Art Club throughout the year. He has been written up in several publications, including Southwest Art Magazine, a nationally recognized art publication.

He donates his work to philanthropic organizations such as the Pathways to Independence Auction, Long Beach Museum of Art’s biennial auction, and the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House, to name a few.

John is a member of several painting organizations including, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association, and the National Acrylic Painter’s Association 

John resides and has his studio in Long Beach, CA with his wife, that is when they are not travelling to art shows or visiting their two grown daughters, usually with his pochade box and canvases in tow.

Exhibitions and Awards

2019

Juried in California Art Club’s “Autumn Impressions” show at Muckenthaler Cultural Center, August 17-Oct. 13

Juried into the Laguna Plein Air “Less Is More” Show at Forest and Ocean Gallery, Laguna Beach July 8-22.

One Man Show, Sunday, April 28 12-4 pm at John White Studios.

Selected as a participant in the Long Beach Museum of Art’s “Art Auction XVI”, May 4, 2019 with his piece, “Long Beach Nightlife”.

2018

John has been accepted into “The Winter Show” at the Palos Verdes Art Center, Dec. 7, 2018-Jan. 2, 2019

John has been awarded an Honorable Mention in Southwest Art Magazine’s 2018 Artistic Excellence Competition with his painting “A Gathering of Color”

John was featured in the quarterly publication for the Belmont Heights Community Assn. Fall 2018.

John has had his work, “Notre Dame”, selected as part of the FAV15% (jury’s favorite 15% of the entries) in the Oct. 2018 BoldBrush Painting competition

John was on the annual Long Beach Open Studio Tour, Oct. 20-21 and 27-28

Juried into the annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, October, 2018

John has been accepted into the annual Costa Mesa ARTventure event Oct. 5-6

John hosted a workshop in his studio Aug. 24 for the Southern CA Plein Air Painter’s Assn. Members

John has had his work, “Monet’s Colorwheel”, selected as part of the FAV15% (jury’s favorite 15% of the entries) in the August 2018 BoldBrush Painting competition.

John had a full length feature article about him and his work in The Mountain News June 2018.

“A Gathering of Color”, selected by the jurors for NOAPS Spring International Online Exhibition.

One Man Show at the Lakehouse Collection on June 1

John has been juried into “Art Matters” annual show at the Huntington Library & Gardens, May 5-6

“A Gathering of Color” selected as part of the FAV15% in the March 2018 BoldBrush Painting competition. 

John had three of his paintings juried into the Dec/Jan Plein Air Salon sponsored by Plein Air Magazine. 

2017

“Good Times at Starling” selected as the jury’s favorite 15% of entries in the Dec. Boldbrush Painting Competition

One Man Show, Starling Diner, Long Beach, CA, Dec 2017

Juried into the annual Palos Verdes Holiday Art Show, Dec. 2017

Juried into the annual 6×6 Randy Higbee Show, Dec 2017-Jan 2018, Costa Mesa, CA

Juried into the 3rd annual ARTventure event in Costa Mesa, CA, Nov. 10-11 from 10-5 daily.

“Yellowstone Rush” was selected as the jury’s favorite 15% of entries in the Oct. Boldbrush Painting Competition

John White studios was part of the Long Beach Open Studio Tour Oct. 14-15.

“Pride” was selected as the jury’s favorite 15% of entries in the August Boldbrush Painting competition.

Juried into the Summer Salon at Saga Fine Art, Monrovia, CA, July 18-Aug. 31

“Sunday in Laguna” and “Koi Ballet” were both selected as part of the FAV15% (jury’s favorite 15% of the entries) in the May 2017 BoldBrush Painting competition.

Juried into the semi-annual Beverly Hills Art Show, May 20-21.

Participant in the Long Beach Museum of Art’s “Art Auction XVI”, May 7, 2017 with his piece, “Hot Tin Roof” which went to the highest bidder.

Featured artist and speaker at the Long Beach Yacht Club Ladies Day April 13.

“Egg Heaven” was selected as one of the top 15% of all entries by jurors in the March BoldBrush Painting competition.

2016

Juried into the Saga Fine Art “Holiday Show”, December 2016

Juried into the Randy Higbee 6×6 Show, December 2016

Juried into “Painting the Light” SOCALPAPA show at Salvo Gallery, November 2016

Participating artist in the Long Beach Open Studio Tour, October 8-9

Juried into “Waterworks 2016” at the Watertower Gallery, Mendocino, CA July 2016

Featured artist in the “Follow the Sun” show at Crystal Cove Gallery, July 30-31

Featured artist in the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Store April-June 2016, Crystal Cove, CA

Participating Artist in the March 18-20 “Reflections” Show at Crystal Cove State Park Gallery.

Juried into the “Romance of the Landscape” Show at Forest and Ocean Gallery, Laguna Beach Feb. 1-March 7.

2015

Commissioned to paint two paintings, one 10 ft. x 3 ft and the second at 6 ft. x 30″ for the newly remodeled     Acute Care Center at Scripps Encinitas Hospital, installed December 2015

Participating artist in the Long Beach Open Studio Tour, Oct. 10-11, 2015

Participating artist in “Fun in the Sun” show, July 10-12, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, CA

Juried into “Coast to Coast” show by Laguna PAPA and held at Forest Ocean Gallery June 23-July13

Featured artist in the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Store 3rd quarter 2015, Crystal Cove, CA

Juried into the “Celebrate San Diego” show at the La Jolla Art Assn. Gallery, June 14-28

Juried into “California Impressionism – Plein Air Painting Past & Present”, Huntington Beach Art Center from          May 1-July 4. In conjunction with Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and the Irvine Museum.

Selected as a participant in the Long Beach Museum of Art’s “Art Auction XVI”, May 31, 2015.

Selected as a participant in “Painting the Light: Here,There and Everywhere” at Higbee Gallery May 16-23.

Selected as participating artist in the Crystal Cove “In Bloom” art show, March 14-15

Featured article in the Catalina Island Yacht Club quarterly newsletter, “View from the Deck”, Jan/Feb, 2015

Selected as Artist of the Month for Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Assn. Website, January 2015

2014

Selected as a winning artist for the National Oil & Acrylic Fall 2014 International Exhibition

Juried into 6” Squared Annual Show at Randy Higbee Gallery, Dec. 2014. All 5 of 5 submitted accepted.

Participating artist in the Crystal Cove Art Show, Oct. 2014

One Man Show, Long Beach, CA, Sept, 2014

Participating artist in the “Spot of Color” show and featured painting on cover of invitation, Crystal Cove Store, July 2014

Selected as a participating artist in Los Gatos Plein Air 2014, Los Gatos, CA, June 2014

Selected as a participating artist in the 11th annual Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO, June 2014

Featured artist in an article on Plein Air Painters in June issue of Southwest Magazine

Featured artist in the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Store 1st quarter 2014, Crystal Cove, CA

2013

Selected as a participating artist in the California Art Club’s “Art Between the Lines II” show, November 2013.

Selected as a participating artist in the annual Art with a Bayou View fundraiser for the benefit of the Monroe, LA Symphony Orchestra, November 2013.

Featured artist in the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Store for 4th qtr. 2013, Crystal Cove, CA

Featured Artist in annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, Oct. 12-13, La Jolla, CA

One Man Show, Naples, CA, July 2013

Selected as a participating artist in the 10th annual Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO, June 2013

Selected as a participating artist in Los Gatos Plein Air 2013, Los Gatos, CA, June 2013

Featured Artist at Grand Opening of  Naples Locker, March 22, Long Beach, CA

Featured Artist in “Springtime Magic” Show at Crystal Cove Gallery, March 15-17, Crystal Cove, CA

2012

Participated in the annual “Banking on Art” exhibit Wells Fargo Bank Laguna Beach  Nov. 2012-Jan.2013

Juried into the California Art Club’s “California Heritage at the Jose Vera Gallery, Pasadena, Oct. 2012

Selected as a participating artist in the 9th annual Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO, June 2012

Selected as a participating artist in Los Gatos Plein Air 2012, Los Gatos, CA, June 2012

Juried into the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s 8th Annual Best of Plein Air, June 2012

Selected as a participating artist in the 19th Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA, May 2012

Juried into the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s 6th Annual Less is More Show, April 2012

Selected as “Artist of the Month” on Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association Website, March 2012

Selected to participate in the 2012 La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA, March 2012

Juried into California Art Club’s “Iconic California” Show, Altadena, CA (January-May 2012)

2011

Second Place in SOCALPAPA “Small is Beautiful” Show, Newport Beach, CA, December 2011

Juried into the annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, October 2011

Awarded “Best Coastal Scene” in the city of San Clemente’s City Plan Art Competition

Juried into California Art Club’s “Magnificent Miniatures” show in Pasadena, CA, December 2010

2010

First Place in the SOCALPAPA Plein Air “Aquatics Show”, Newport Beach, CA, November 2010

First Place Artist Choice Award in the 9th Annual Idyllwild Plein Air Festival, June 2010

Long Beach Museum of Art selects “On the Mend” for special exhibit, “Artists Explore Long Beach”

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts selects and sells at auction “Mailboxes etc” piece, February 2010 

2009

Dual Exhibition C.C. Gallagher Gallery, Avalon Catalina, CA , June-August 2009

2008

First Place Award in the Catalina Island 50th Festival of the Arts exhibition, September 2008

One Man Show, Long Beach Yacht Club, Long Beach CA 

Professional Organizations

California Art Club

American Impressionist Society

Oil Painters of America

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

Southern California Plein Air Painters Association

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