Artist Bio

Artist Soodie WhitakerSoodie Whitaker

Soodie Whitaker was born in Los Angeles, in 1973.
He moved with his family to Humboldt County, settling in Ferndale, where Soodie lives today.

Soodie became interested in art at an early age. He began painting in high school and continued his art education at the College of the Redwoods. Soodie has been a working artist at The Studio, since 1999. His work quickly began to evolve into the highly stylized paintings now on display.

Soodie Whitaker draws a fine line between biography and mythology; his imaginative paintings pair Star Wars characters, mythological creatures, and pop culture celebrities, with friends, family, fellow artists and teachers.

Soodie's work often features dialogue between characters in hand-painted text. When asked why he chooses to include writing in his work he replied, “I enjoy comic books. In my paintings I reference a comic book style. Ever since I was little I've collected Star Wars figures. Some of my paintings are inspired by these figures. The stories and dialogue are my own and come from stretching my imagination.”

His video, "Love Island", premiered at the Arcata Lounge Theatre in August 2011.



CHERI BLACKERBY GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
2013 The Deep Blue
2012 The Best of Soodie Whitaker
2011 Wild Wild West
2010 Surprise / Licorice / House
2010 Four Worlds Amazingly Collide
2009 Go Figure!
2009 The Thing That Saves Us
2008 The Carnival Show
2008 The Originals
2007 The Figure Sculpture Show
2006 Flying Objects
2006 The Men’s Best in Show
2006 For We Are Human Beings
2005 Horns and Halos
2005 What Did You Call Me?

COMMUNITY EXHIBITIONS
2014 Sewell Gallery of Fine Art, Eureka, CA
2014 Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka
2014 Lincoln Gallery, Eugene, OR
2013 First Street Gallery, Eureka, CA
2013 Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale, CA
2012 Northtown Books, Arcata, CA
2011 Art Enables, Washington, DC
2011 Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale, CA
2011 Northtown Books, Arcata, CA
2011 Old Town Art Gallery, Eureka, CA
2010 Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale, CA
2009 US Bank, Arcata, CA
2008 Hot Brews, Fortuna, CA

Publications
2012 “Visionary Artist Has First Solo Show”
The Times-Standard, July 2011



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