TODD WHITE - born in 1969 in Texas, he came from humble roots, although the artistic influence of his mother and grandmother, both of whom were painters, would prove to be profound. His first real break as an artist came during his twenties when he took a chance and relocated to Hollywood, where one of his key career spells came in the field of animation.
He captures the fun and intrigue of restaurant, nightlife and Hollywood scenes in the most captivating ways. His common themes include wine, coffee, cigarettes, cigars, martinis and sex. He creates timeless scenes of diverse attraction. His profile and popularity have increased to the point where his distinctive style and iconic status are recognized across the globe.
Through character development at some of the most renowned production studios he continued to forge his own artistic style, and became part of the lead design and animation team for the international hit cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants.
During this formative period White experimented with both style and concept, eventually arriving at a process that now guides him through every piece. Until he can conceptually see the story in his head, and has a title for the work, he won't begin to paint.
He is a full-time observer, noticing what others don't, always absorbing figures, faces, features, for later reference. Subconsciously, compulsively, he spends his life people-watching, scribbling down sketches whatever the situation (often on napkins, even table-cloths), to record an idea for his next work.
Within the exaggerated features and textured skin of his characters lies a frailty that viewers connect with. If Todd's work has a trademark, it is likely to be the hands he depicts. They are bruised and bloodied with fingers outstretched providing a sense of direction and movement. Even the sexy ladies he creates feature hands that show the battles fought.