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Billy White

January 9, 2021 - February 6, 2021

Two paintings hanging on a white wall. The painting on the left is square and features a side profile portrait of a man with brown skin a, black hair, and a black mustache, looking to the right on a blue background. The words "Will E Mays" hover the man's large nose. The paining on the right is rectangular, and features a man in profile, facing left, with darker brown skin, black hair, and a black mustache on a deep blue background, wearing a lime green shirt.

Adams and Ollman is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings by Billy White (b. 1962, lives in Hercules, California, and works in Richmond, California). Marking the artist’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast, the show will feature a selection of his expressive portraits made between 2016 and 2019. The exhibition is on view January 9 through February 6, 2021.

With graphic marks and emphatic colors, White conjures portraits that are celebratory and personal. Muscular and energetic brushstrokes coalesce to form complex images that are more emotional than representational. White’s subjects include his family and himself, as well as iconic figures from the worlds of film, television, music, sports, and art history. Captured in profile and at the front of the picture plane, each figure appears isolated, their likeness distilled to essential elements and forms assembled with bold lines and gestures. Often with unexpected shifts in perspective, the resulting works are psychologically-charged depictions of the human form.
Since 1994, Billy White has worked at Nurturing Independence Through Artistic Development (NIAD), a progressive art studio in Richmond, California, that supports the careers of artists with disabilities.



January 9, 2021
February 6, 2021
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Adams and Ollman


Wheelchair accessible, Service Animals allowed
BIPOC artist(s), Women-owned, Women curated
Event Type
Gallery, Visual Art
Pandemic Info
By Appointment


Adams and Ollman
418 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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