Beauty is Embarrasing Review – One of the best docs of the year

Beauty is Embarrasing
Starring: Wayne White, Mimi Pond
Director: Neil Berkeley


A Documentary on the life of Artist Wayne White


To focus an entire documentary on one man, that man best warrant the time devoted to him and he needs to do something to garner and hour and a half of my time. The story of Wayne White is simply put, one of the best documentaries I have seen all year. Wayne has a colorful past growing up in rural Tennessee, relocating to New York to work on Pee Wee’s Playhouse before ultimately settling down in Los Angeles and becoming a Gallery Artist. Throughout Wayne’s story we see old footage intermixed with a speaking engagement where Wayne showcases photographs of his art.


Wayne is a true original from his self trained puppet creation skills to his art direction and ultimately his word paintings which are thrift store paintings with three dimensional phrases merged into the landscape. One thing that Wayne has that most artists don’t is a sense of humor; the phrasing that he utilizes is thought provoking and funny at the same time. Wayne is never a pretentious douche who looks down at the uncivilized cretins who do not embrace the arts. He has found a way to bridge the gap between the uptight art community by expressing his own unique talents.


Wayne’s story is both hilarious and inspirational, the guy is a unique visionary, never solely relying on any one medium and constantly creating. What truly makes Wayne standout is not just his art but by his ability to inspire those he comes in contact with imploring them to follow their heart and create something beautiful even if it is embarrassing.



That’s what America is About F.U Money – Wayne White

Grade – 94

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