Dave White - Asteroid B-612 Online Auction: Inspired by a Saint-Exupéry Novel Hong Kong Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | Phillips

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  • “She is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose.”

    — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

  • Catalogue Essay

    Contemporary British artist Dave White is renowned for his unique approach to realism. His mixed-media approach replaces mimetic accuracy with greater expression as he captures the unique character and temperament of his subjects. Using diamond dust, gloss and gold leaf, White imbues his watercolour works with a visceral tactility, bringing his animals to life in broad, spontaneous brushstrokes.


    Having pioneered the ‘Sneaker Art’ movement in 2002, White is among the few artists to have his own signature Jordan releases, collaborating with Size? x Nike, Beams Tokyo and Kith, New York on international sneaker and tee projects. In 2018, White was featured in the ‘Tongue + Chic’ sneaker exhibition held by Phillips New York, in which artists such as KAWS, Hirst, and Murakami were also handpicked. White has also worked with Jaguar, Staple Clothing, and Harpers Bazaar.


    Recently, with a particular focus on environmental issues, White pushes the boundaries of animal portraiture. In the eyes of his chimpanzees, dinosaurs, flamingos, and other like fauna, one finds an anthropomorphic sense of contemplation which transcends their primitive origins. With charitable collaborations and donations of his work, White has supported Virunga National Park, Tusk, Rainforest Foundation UK, and Wild Aid, further demonstrating his unwavering devotion to wildlife. 



    The artist and his work
    • Provenance

      Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Hong Kong, ARTboratory, One must look with the heart, 29 June - 12 July 2021


Everlasting Love

signed, titled and dated 'davewhite "Everlasting love!" 2021' on the reverse
oil on linen
work 102 x 102 cm. (40 1/8 x 40 1/8 in.)
frame 108 x 108 cm. (42 1/2 x 42 1/2 in.)

Painted in 2021.

Full Cataloguing

HK$85,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$107,100

Contact Specialist

Hin Hin Wong
Associate Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
+852 2318 2013
[email protected]

Asteroid B-612 Online Auction: Inspired by a Saint-Exupéry Novel

Online Auction 7-14 December 2021