The first time I saw Wayne White’s work was in Fred 62, an all-night diner here in Los Angeles. His paintings of colorful phrases and words over found paintings instantly caught my attention, and I was shocked that I had never seen him before that point. Funny enough, after watching the trailer above for the upcoming Wayne White documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing, that actually wasn’t the first time I had seen his work.
Come to find out Wayne was the art director of Pee Wee’s Playhouse, a show that absolutely shaped my childhood. It was insane, it was non-sensical, and it was perfect. It says a lot about who he is, that his work and talent has stretched out for so long, and that I’ve appreciated his work as a child and as an adult. I can’t wait to see this movie, which actually premieres in March at SXSW. Hopefully it comes to Los Angeles soon.