HIGHLY REGARDED PAINTER TODD WHITE NAMED OFFICIAL ARTIST FOR 49TH ANNUAL GRAMMY ® AWARDS
Artist Unveils Unique Oil-on-Canvas Painting at Nominee Press Conference in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (Dec 7 2006) - Talented painter Todd White was selected to create the official artwork for the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards, it was announced today by The Recording Academy®. His captivating oil-on-canvas painting depicts a lively, colourful scene that celebrates music and the wide recognition of the GRAMMY Awards, The piece will be used as the official image for the world's premier music event, as well as grace the cover of the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards program book and promotional poster. The 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Feb.11, 2007 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
"From its ability to connect people and transform individuals to its attitude, color and mood, music is powerful and ever-evolving. The Recording Academy is proud to have a unique artist of Todd White's calibre and passion involved in capturing this canvas of emotions in the 49th GRAMMY Awards artwork," said Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. "Todd's paintings are infectious, and his official GRAMMY piece truly captures the unique spirit and allure of Music's Biggest Night TM."
White's oil-on-canvas paintings have been described as "art with a twist". Whether capturing timeless scenes with contrasting colors or stolen moments in dominant colors of red, khaki, black and white, each tells a story of passion between lovers, friends, patrons and co-workers. Scenes depict intimate evening filled with wine, martinis, coffee, cigarettes, cigars, cameras, and most importantly, the human spirit. Physiques are exaggerated and texturized to illustrate the subject's story, whether it is masked masculinity, flowered femininity, humor or elusive mystery. Details and backgrounds are manipulated to captivate the viewer's eye and transplant him into the scene. Each painting is asymmetrical in nature yet confident and strong.
White's rat-pack-meets-Picasso style results, in part, from his desire to reveal his character's innermost thoughts and emotions on their faces. White likens his portraits to his favourite episode of the "Twilight Zone" in which people wore masks that later became their faces and revealed who they truly were. In addition to more obvious influences, such as Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele, White credits Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Bridget Bardot, Nat King Cole and the style and feel of "the age of cool." His original-oil-on-canvas paintings and limited edition prints have enjoyed considerable success in art galleries in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Reminiscent of the German Expressionists, White seems to have captured an international trend in attitude, color, and mood. NBC's "Extra!" recently named him the "Hot New Artist" most sought after by high-profile celebrities. Collectors of his work include Vin Diesel, Michael Douglas and Hugh Hefner, among others.
Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Inc, also known as the Recording Academy, is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY awards, The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs - including the creation of the national public education campaign What's the Download® (Whatsthedownload.com). For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com