NORTH MANKATO —
To prove the point, Louis took White to the Antique Motorcycle Club of America swap meet in Davenport, Iowa, hailed as one of the largest in the world. White set up a live painting booth, and was an immediate hit.
Not long after, White was approached about providing a trio of paintings for an upcoming exhibit at the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio. He also provided a pair of paintings for the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.
In addition, White displays his paintings at Wheels Unlimited in North Mankato. Chad Pasbrig, who owns the Harley-Davidson dealer, said the highly detailed and richly colored paintings “fit in with the decor” and have even attracted a few buyers.
Such swift attention has caught the otherwise low-profile White off-guard. He said he enjoys a certain amount of anonymity as an artist and has always been somewhat hesitant to promote his own work.
Still, White said he’s been energized by the response.
“Everyone loves motorcycles — even people who don’t ride motorcycles,” said White, a burgeoning enthusiast himself who has a vintage Triumph as well as his very own rat bike to show for it. The latter won first prize at the Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show, earning him a tattooed pig fetus in a glass jar as a trophy.
“They are a slice of Americana.”