I was given a gift certificate for Chapters for Christmas from my brother-in-law Michael. A gift certificate to a book store has got to be my all-time favourite gift (one I almost never get), because it affords me the luxury of traipsing around like I own the joint, taking my sweet time perusing the shelves till I find a book I might never otherwise buy but for the magic ticket in my pocket. This time around I pretty-much went straight to Wayne White's "Maybe Now I'll Get The Respect I So Richly Deserve", a book I had been attracted to in the recent past though I hadn't a clue who Wayne White was or why he so richly deserved respect. I bought the book, and am I ever glad I did. Wayne White is an artist who has done puppet shows, cartooning, sculpture, painting, commercials, set design... I'm sure I'm forgetting something. No dabbler he, though. He is what I would call a Great Artist... though I realise that could mean something vastly different to me than it does to you.
The book shows a lot of his art-work of course, but it is also comprised of a long interview with him by Todd Oldham that I found quite engrossing. This is a guy I would like to know, and I'm not sure I say that too often. Here is his website: http://waynewhiteart.com/index.php?/store/
Here also is a page about him that includes an audio clip by his wife Mimi Pond, and if you click on a link within that page, you'll also hear an audio clip with him that includes the story of how he came to do the paintings-on-thrift-store-paintings (some of which are shown here): http://www.scpr.org/blogs/offramp/2011/02/03/orb-wayne-white/
Long post. Excuse-moi.