White’s career as an artist began in the Staunton, Virginia’s
Historic District where he
painted and worked in silkscreen printing.
Edwin White Studios, an art gallery and print shop was one of
several retail businesses located in an old flour mill, restored and
aptly named “The Factory”. Eddie
participated in art and craft shows throughout the southeast with his
watercolors, pen and inks, glass etchings and silkscreen prints.
A move to Chapel Hill, NC in 1975 brought a change of
interests. As an
experienced carpenter and draftsman, Eddie designed and built homes and
additions in the Research Triangle area.
He also worked as a freelance
graphic designer developing image campaigns for businesses in
Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC.
A move back to the Shenandoah Valley and a walking tour through
Scotland inspired Eddie to return to abstract art.
He produced not only painted landscapes but also constructions of
local hardwoods, glass, metals and mirror.
He became a member of Carolina Designer Craftsmen working in
After several years of designing and building homes,
including his own, Eddie
helped design and later prototyped a surgical staple remover for a medical
instrument company in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
This project initiated six years of product design, patent
development, and prototyping for numerous companies seeking new product or
product upgrades in the medical device industry.
In addition to designing and building studios
and residences in Orange and Chatham counties, Eddie volunteered his
talents to Community Independent School near Pittsboro, NC. These projects included an addition to the elementary school,
the preschool playground and a barn for the new farm program.
These past few years have also yielded an opportunity for
Eddie to pursue sculpture. His
studio is now at home on the Rocky River in Silk Hope, NC with his wife,
Gwen and daughter, Jesse.
In 2000, he joined the Chatham County Arts Tour as a sculptor.
He is now spending much of his time scaling up models,
working on commissions and preparing for each year’s Chatham
County Open Studio Tour in early December.
My most interesting and engaging sculptures are developed
through problem solving. For me, the art making process focuses on
revision and change. Therefore, my sculpture speaks to the exploration
of shape and form and the discoveries that lie within that exploration.
I find that I work best when I have an end-point for a piece in mind; a
site specific idea that I can direct my work toward. Approaching
art-making in this way allows for challenge and process to inspire and
guide the finished product.
interest in the technical aspects of art and design heavily influence my
work. Some of my pieces are organic in shape but many are geometric. I
am most often drawn to opposing shapes and double images; the
juxtaposition of line and form. My most recent metal work uses many of
the same lines and shapes as my earlier work but with more authority and
durability. You will find that I have worked to emphasize the structure
and physical presence of my pieces by accentuating the connections of
line and shape. I strive to illuminate the visual significance and
beauty that can be found within the technical design of a piece.
Some of my
latest pieces include materials other than metal. I have begun working
with a combination of wire, string, and plastic tubing to create more
intricate sculptures. Some have metal frames and others are open frame,
with only a metal base for support. These pieces rely heavily on
pattern to create focus and meaning. I continue to investigate shape
and form but often through more literal subjects—bodies, figures, and
recognizable images. I segment and section these forms to explore shape
relationships, create movement, and build visual interest. Through this
technical manipulation, I often discover and attempt to relay more
in-depth, subjective interpretations of the interactions within the