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Aidan White fine art

BIO

I was born in Princeton, New Jersey, where I spent my first eight years living on a university campus. My grandmother, Joy Saville, was a well-regarded textile artist, and my mother studied art in college, so art has always been a part of my life. As a young child, my father would take me to the Princeton University Art Museum, where he would have me do a sort of scavenger hunt. I would have to look at the paintings to find things on the list – a man on a horse, a woman holding a baby, a mountain in the distance, a man with arrows sticking in him, or a man eating spaghetti. Later, after moving to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, I would visit The Clark Art Institute or The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and wander around. Sometimes, I would make sketches of some of the paintings in Moleskine notebooks with my friend Emily who pointed out many interesting aspects of the works we saw. But in those days, my art was confined to drawing cartoons or making all sorts of contraptions in my dad’s woodworking shop. 

 

I had no thought of becoming an artist or doing anything seriously with art when I was in high school. I put off taking the required art course until my senior year, chiefly because I did not want to subject myself to the constraints that I imagined art teachers would subject me to. If I were to make art, I would do it my way and on my terms. 

 

I thought I wanted to study archaeology. In high school, I participated in an archaeological dig at Verde Mesa, Colorado, and another in England, run by the University of Oxford School of Archaeology. Later I spent time in Ireland at an experimental archaeology workshop run by the University College Dublin School of Archaeology, where I applied and was admitted to the undergraduate program. By this time, I was sketching and drawing more and more and had begun experimenting with painting. And I began taking classes at the Berkshire Art Center, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. As the time to go to Dublin drew near, I realized that instead of digging up artifacts made long ago, I wanted to make my own; instead of studying material culture, I wanted to create it. 

 

I am drawn to the work of Albrecht Dürer, Vincent Van Gogh, Norman Rockwell, Ronald Searle, Zdzisław Beksiński, Eben Haines, and Alice Neel. I especially enjoy experimenting with color and portraiture after the example of Lucian Freud. I resist categorizing my work into genres or styles. Defining a genre is highly limiting which I'm trying to avoid.

Education and Training

Award

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA — AUGUST, 2024 BFA Painting Major

       Teaching Assistantship in figurative drawing, Spring, 2023

 

Berkshire Art Center, Stockbridge, MA – Fall, 2019, Winter, 2020 — Group and private instruction in drawing and painting

2024 Daniel Mancher Prize for Young Artists, Sandisfield Art Center, Sandisfield, MA

Exhibitions & Collections

  • “The Wonder in the Wander: Emerging Berkshire Artists Under 40”, Meeting House Gallery Fall Art Exhibition, New Marlborough, MA, September 17 - October 3, 2021 

  • Awarded "Special Recognition," “Primary Colors” Juried Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, November 2022 

  • "20-21-22 Juried Exhibition", The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell, Massachusetts, November 4 - December 17, 2022 

  • "5th Annual Portraits 2022 International Juried Painting Competition," Bronze Award, Camelback Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, November 2022 - January 2023 

  • "42nd Annual Faber Birren National Color Show", Stamford Art Association Townhouse Gallery, Stamford, CT, December 11, 2022 - January 19, 2023 

  • "2023 Winter Juried Exhibition", Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY, January 3 - 28, 2023 

  • "Unfinished", an Invitational Exhibition of the Berkshire Art Association, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA, March 24 - April 6, 2023 

  • Berkshire Art Association Annual College Fellowship 2023 Juried Show, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA, April 1-30, 2023 

  • "51st Annual Mark Twain Library Art Show", Redding, CT, December 1-10, 2023

  • Three-Artist Show of 2024 Daniel Mancher Prize for Young Artists Winners, Sandisfield Art Center, Sandisfield, MA, September 15 - October 6, 2024 

I have done numerous commissions, and my work is in private collections in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and North Carolina.

Featured In

Photo of painting “Stay Home” published in High Shelf Literary Magazine, Issue XIX, June 2020 

City of Boston Paintbox Project - Mural on the theme of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Pleasant Street in Allston, 2021

  • Illustration “Nikita, Angelo, and Me” published in The Berkshire Edge, October 16, 2022 

  • Illustration “Early Snow – 1953” published in The Berkshire Edge, December 29, 2021 

  • Illustration “Hunting Coyotes the Easy Way,” published in The Berkshire Edge, July 11, 2021  

  • Cartoon “Latte” published in The Berkshire Edge, July 5, 2019 

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