Neal Prince Trust
being the Grantor to the
Neal A. Prince and Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr. Estate Holding Trust u/a/d 05/08/2000
which is the legal owner of this item below:

WHITE, Willie (1908-2001), American,
Primitive, Marker on Poster Board
(22-" x 28")

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Costume Design Collection

Neal Prince & Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr. Collections 1950-1967

Fine Arts Appraisal for Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr., 1964

Fine Arts Appraisal for Neal Prince, 1969



Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000501
Willie White (1908-2001) MARKER ON POSTER BOARD, (22-" x 28")

Artist:           Willie White (1908-2001), American (New Orleans Folk Art Artist)

Title:            Unknown

Date:            1986

Medium:      Folk Art, Abstract

Materials:     Marker on Poster Board

Markings:     Signed

Dimensions: 22-” x 28”

Framed:        No   

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000501

Provenance: Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999

Mr. Neal Prince

Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery

Willie White, Artist

Provence:     Acquired in 2008 from Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery, 3745 Scenic Highway, Rising Fawn, GA 30738.


Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000501
Willie White, New Orleans, LA, United States (Primitive Folk Art Artist)

Willie White (1908-2001) American

Mr. White was born in Cranfield, Mississippi. After minimal education, he worked as a porter on boats plying the Mississippi River between Natchez and New Orleans. He settled in New Orleans when he was 19, finding work as a porter and a barber. During this period, Mr. White met some artists from New York and saw this guy's paintings and started querying this guy about it. Mr. White decided he'd start doing his own paintings by using marker on poster board. Mr. White would hang his art work out on his porch on Dryades Street, and people would drive by and buy them for a few dollars apiece. Because his palette was limited to the colors of markers he could buy at a nearby drugstore with his Social Security checks in New Orleans, where he has now lived for many years until his death. Mr. White's inspiration is television images and movies of distant places. With simple shapes and bold colors drawn in bright markers on poster board, he paints a variety of subjects: prehistoric creatures, strange animals, and birds; the earth, moon, and stars; religious images, houses, cactuses. Works by Mr. White have been shown at the New Orleans Museum of Art and in other Louisiana shows. Mr. White was very much recognized by Mr. Hemphill, Jr. as a leading American Folk Art Artist.

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