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A documentary on the life and current times of artist Wayne White.

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Raised in the Tennessee mountains, Wayne White started his career as a cartoonist in NYC. He quickly found success as one of the creators of the Pee-wee's Playhouse TV show which soon led to more work design some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. Recently his word paintings featuring pithy and and often sarcastic text statements finely crafted onto vintage landscape paintings have made him a darling of the fine art world. The movie chronicles the vaulted highs and crushing lows of an artist struggling to find peace and balance between his professional work and his personal art. This is especially complicated for a man who struggles with the virtues he most often mocks in his art...Vanity, ego and fame. Written by Neil Berkeley

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Pee-Wee Playhouse
Performed by Cyndi Lauper and Mark Mothersbaugh
Written by George McGrath, Mark Mothersbaugh, Paul Reubens
Published by Pee-wee Herman Music C. (BMI)
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You Don't Know His Name…But Probably His Work…Dynamo Wayne White
20 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Straightforward, No-Frills Documentary about "Gonzo" Artist Wayne White that goes Off the Rails Immediately when White Shows Up, Starts Talking and Showing His "Wild and Crazy" Art.

Not a Household Name but His Work is sure to have been Seen in many a Households. An Emmy Winning Puppeteer on "Pee-Wee's Playhouse", and the Set Designer for the Award Winning "Smashing Pumpkins" Video, "Tonight Tonight". He's also done Art for TV Commercials, like the "Old Spice" Spot, featuring Bruce Campbell.

More Recently He is making a "Name" for Himself in some Art Circles with "Found" Art Recreations of Thrift Store Bought Landscape Paintings, where He adds Block Letter Slogans (sometimes lewd and profane).

The Film is Hosted by Wayne as He Tells His Life Story, Warts and All. Once on Top in Hollywood, after the Cancellation of "Pee-Wee", He found Himself Struggling to get Work that didn't involve Greuling Isolation like "One Man Animation". According to Wayne an Impossible Task.

After a bout with Breakdowns and Mental Illness, Wayne White Recovered and now does Tours Promoting His Work with an Amusing Stage and AV Show. He is Happy living with His Wife of Many Years, Underground Comic Book Artist, Mimi Pond, and is as Creative as Ever.

This is a Funny and Touching Portrait of the Artist with much Self-Deprecation and an equal Amount of Rage and Disdain for what's Considered "Art" in the "Art World". A Multi-Talented Man that Reached the Highs and Lows of His Lifelong Obsession with Art and has the Statues and Scars to Prove it.

Highly Recommended for Lovers of Primitive Art, or any Art for that matter, and to Look In on a Man who went from the Hillbilly Life in Alabama to the Hollywood Hipster Scene and Back. He's got a lot to Say about Art and has the Talent to pull it off in an Amusement of Style.


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