abstract artist r sawan white

Born in 1978 in the United States of America, R. Sawan White started her career in England as a classically trained printmaker and painter. Her academic career began as a Provost Scholar at Virginia Commonwealth University; she then transferred to Loughborough University School of Art and Design graduating with a First Degree BA Honors in Printmaking in 2000. Her work has exhibited all over the world including New York City, London, Taiwan, New Zealand, Washington DC and Richmond, VA. Paintings by White can be found in private, corporate and academic collections throughout the world. Along with creating, White has spent the last 20 years lecturing and leading seminars on contemporary aesthetics, and art history and practice. She was a founding faculty member at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and guest speaker at numerous galleries, museums, universities and art leagues. She currently lives and works in New England.

Solo Exhibitions

2023 Settings, The Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA
2022 Holding Seconds, Atelier Studio Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2020 Object Lessons for the Tired, The Eric Schindler Gallery, 
2019 R. Sawan White, 嘉俬房 & other Art things, Taipei, Taiwan
2018 The Common Quiet, The Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA
2016 Silent Things, The Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA
2015 one thousand strengths, The Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA
2013 I live with others, The Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA
2011 The Art of Gift Giving, The Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA
2009 Our parting words, we are all beggars, The Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA
2009 people are always falling asleep, The Art Gallery at UCC, Roseburg, OR
2008 how to enter a room, Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA
2006 tell me you, Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA
2005 Recent Work, R. Sawan White, Mangia Qui, Harrisburg, PA
For Doing, For Being, The Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA
2004 Entries, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA
2003 R. Sawan White, The Tenth Muse, Harrisburg, PA
Recent Paintings, Shockoe Bottom Arts Center(SBAC), Richmond, VA
2002 Close. Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA
2001 East Tobacco Gallery, SBAC, Richmond, VA
2000 Degree Show, Loughborough University School of Art and Design , United Kingdom

ART Fairs

The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY Nov, 2021
Art Tainan 2021, Tainan Taiwan, 2021
Art Design Style Richmond, 2019,
CURRENT The Highpoint Gallery, Richmond VA
Art Taipei 2018,丁丁艺术空间, Taipei, Taiwan

Selected Other Exhibitions

17th Anniversary Exhibition, Art and Light Gallery, Greenville, SC Aug 2023
3 Person Show
, Atelier Studio Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand, June 2023
Alive, Atelier Studio Gallery, Nelson New Zealand, July 2021
Gallery Night Exhibition 2021, Providence, RI
Art Design Style Richmond, 2019,
The Highpoint Gallery, Richmond VA
Visiting Artists, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
Thinksmall 5, Artspace & art6 Galleries, Richmond, VA
Whitaker Ten Year Retrospective, Whitaker Center, PA
R Sawan White and Dale Jarrett, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO
ART180 Benefit, Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA
Reveal/Conceal, artspace gallery, Raleigh, NC
Art to Go Invitational, Cornerstone Gallery, Richmond, VA
Thinksmall 3, art6 and Artspace Galleries, Richmond, VA
5th Anniversary Exhibition, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Mutability and Metaphor, Agora Gallery, New York, NY
art6x6, Curator and Exhibitor, art6 Gallery, Richmond, VA
16th Annual Harrisburg Gallery Walk, Harrisburg, PA
art6 Members Exhibition, art6 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Artist Collect Too 2, art6 Gallery, Richmond, VA
International Miniature Invitational, Artspace Gallery, Rich, VA
Beyond Reading, Ellipse Art Center, Washington D.C.
Getluckywithanemergingartist, HEREart Gallery, New York, NY
R. Sawan White, Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, PA
Art for Gifts, Staunton Augusta Art Center, Staunton, VA
The Writing on the Wall, Sara D. November Gallery, JCC, RVA
Two Etchers, Old World Prints Gallery, Richmond, VA
Annual Members Show, SBAC, Richmond, VA
Artists Collect, Too, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA
The National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK
Premiere Exhibition of The University Gallery at Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Derby City Open, Derby Museum, Derby, United Kingdom
Second Impressions, Fine Art Gallery, Loughborough University, United Kingdom


Want to see my work in person? My work can be found at the following galleries. Or schedule a studio visit if you’re in the Rhode Island Area (everywhere in RI is close). 



Artist Statement

My work is an extension of my movement in the world. It is a processing of living within this culture, this time, this body. I keep creating in a conviction that what is not visible around us is in fact critical to who we are. Bringing the abstract of our lives – interaction, language, systems, connections – into a narrative of color and line. I see the connections we create (or sever) as tangible line and forms. I see the societal systems entangling us as embedded grids and webs. I see the languages we use as marks and letter, lines and gashes. I see the everyday unseeable as stories of who we are and how we move together. Each piece I create is a conversation, a narrative of a moment; sometimes these are my mine and sometimes they belong to others. Sometimes they are poignant, sometimes absurd. Some paintings read like a diary entry from a single day and sometimes they are a novel spanning years.


I first fell in love with printmaking in university when I went on exchange to England. The studio of presses and plates was intoxicating, challenging and where I knew I needed to be. I would end up leaving my full scholarship to VCU to stay in the UK, receiving a First Degree in Printmaking. I have never regretted that decision. Today, I bring all those skills and textures into my painting. I combine the tactile nature of intaglio with the versatility of paint, the starkness of screen printing with the flexibility of acrylic. The process of building and overlaying an etching to the treatment of a painting substrate. The resulting paintings have depth as layer after layer build into glowing stories. I paint on canvas and wood, using acrylics and mediums or oils and waxes. My current printing practice is a meditative support to my paintings, allowing time simply enjoy the color and play of the process.


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