Mr. White’s large powerful charcoal drawings are both incredibly strong and totally disarming. From a distance, their simplicity of shape and form are compelling. Upon closer inspection, the warmth of the simple mediums (charcoal, ink, and graphite) they invite the viewer into portraits of great African Americans and unknown laborers rendered with skill and caring.
As an artist, I felt connected to Mr. White in a shared love of simple mediums in large format work. As an American, I felt a shared burden of grappling with our abhorrent past and more than disturbing present on race in our country. And as a human being, I felt lucky to share the space with someone who cared about his craft, loved his mediums, chose his subjects to communicate his message and acknowledged the difficulty and joy of being alive.