In the world of art, if you’ve met with success by wielding a paintbrush or a camera or a microphone or a sculpting knife, it’s easy to hang onto that tool and become best known in its genre. Sure you may have liaisons and flirtations with other art forms — and may even become pretty good at them — but real success in multiple arts is pretty rare.
But don’t try to neatly categorize artist Wayne White. You will not succeed. Few artists have stepped so adroitly and successfully from genre to genre as he has.
During his lifelong career as an artist, White has skillfully dived into whatever art form has caught his fancy (or helped pay the bills): art director, cartoonist, set designer, animator, fine arts painter, illustrator, voice-over actor, puppeteer, sculptor, and first-rate raconteur.
White, the subject of the upcoming Independent Lens documentary Beauty is Embarrassing (10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21; check local listings), delights in not being boxed in and defined. So in homage to his cavalcade of talents, we bring you a peek at some of his fun, off-the-wall work for TV. Tune in Monday to delight in the film’s joyous look at all of Wayne White’s artistic talents.
Pee-Wee’s Playhouse — White was the art director, set designer, puppet designer, puppeteer, and voice for several of the characters. He designed and voiced characters such as Randy, Dirty Dog, Mr. Kite, and Roger the Monster. Bring back any memories (or flashbacks)?
Snapple — Wayne lent his creativity to this Snapple commercial series in a big way. These have Wayne’s signature all over them. Which do you like best?