Richard Von White

Painting, Visual Artist

1951 –


Who is Richard Von White?

Richard "Von" White is an abstract expressionist artist. Born Richard Elis Blair White, on the island of Jamaica in 1951, to a family of prominent business owners and founders of the town Oracabessa. "Von" is the stage name of Richard White, an artist who specializes in pastel tropical scenes inspired by nature and the female form

Richard "Von" White studied at the Jamaica College of Art, then went on to study at Goldsmiths College of Art in London, under the tutelage of Professor Harry Thubron. Graduating with honors from Goldsmiths Von went on to develop his own style of abstraction, with a keystone on the masters that have gone before. Particularly Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin and Georgia O'Keeffe.

Von's philosophy on art finds its roots in Taoism. He expanded on many of his early ideas on art in an academic thesis based on creativity and its relationship with Taoism of Lao Tsu. Von's themes are an approach to abstract expressionism as embodied by the Tao. Von is of the Christian faith.

Von's paintings have been said to have a prevailing message of tranquility.

Von's art also finds great inspiration from the rock and roll era of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Aug 24, 1951
Lived in
  • Kingston

on July 23, 2013


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