Dave White, Americana
.38 Saturday Night Special
The term Americana applies to artefacts related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States of America. Almost anything can be called an artefact, with music, licence plates, road signs, vehicles, prints, and paintings all eligible for the collection of an avid Americana fan.
So, as someone who has loved Western films from a young age, Dave White has spent the last few years creating his own collection of Americana, producing the vibrant and eclectic edition series of the same name.
From animals to warriors, guns to cowboys, Dave takes various motifs from the Western genre and explores them in isolation, in the style that has prompted the art world to acclaim him as the Andy Warhol of his generation. They have been painted in thick, dynamic brush strokes that ooze with life and invoke the violence this time experienced during the conquest of the wilderness in 19th-Century America.
Powerful warrior chiefs are captured for an eternity on the canvas, even though they may be facing their mortality in the next battle. Warrior III stands proud and decorated as if surveying his territory, and Warrior IV looks out of the side of the canvas as if addressing a fellow tribesman or giving wise instruction to his clan.
But as well as the violence and strength of Western American culture, Dave also picks out its delicacies and the intricate subtleties that give Americana spirit and soul. Hummingbirds are totems in Native American mythology, associated across many tribes with harmony, industriousness and integrity. According to Cherokee culture those who have the hummingbird as a totem are said to characteristically share by affinity its enjoyment of life, the ability to expel negativity wherever it creeps in and the expression of love in their daily endeavors.
Hummingbird I & Hummingbird II
In nature, this fascinating bird is capable of the most amazing feats despite its small size, such as traveling great distances or being able to fly backwards. And so the hummingbird is also praised for its adaptability and resiliency while keeping a playful and optimistic demeanour - just perfect for Loughran Gallery! Hummingbird I and Hummingbird II are beautiful examples of what these birds symbolise Native American culture, their suspension in time on the canvas offering a rare chance to appreciate their beauty and spirit.
So maybe instead of hanging a Route 66 road sign to a wall in homage to your American love affair, look towards Dave White’s Americana series for the spiritual side of the Superpower and for an emblem of its history, geography, folklore and culture.