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White shows his darker side?

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There is a lawsuit against Todd White. That’s right. He’s the artist who created Spongebob Square Pants.

And my in-laws are huge admirers of  his because of his amazing talent to create beautiful oil works like these.

source: fineartshopper

source: todd-white-art


source: fishframes
All art by Todd White.

According to the New York Times, Margaret Howell, the owner of the HB Gallery at the Hyatt in Huntington Beach, CA is suing him. She alleges that he brought four of his bodyguards to her gallery on the night of August 2 to physically threaten her and force her to consent to returning all of his work. They then stole every piece of his art in her possession and other important documents.

The Gallery HB. source: thegalleryhb

I’m a little shocked. But what made my jaw drop is that my in-laws were there. I heard the story last night over some sushi and a bottle of wine.

They’ve lived in Huntington Beach, CA for a few years now and sometime last year, they purchased two large limited prints by White at the Gallery HB right there in the Hyatt Regency. They visit regularly to chat with Margaret, who goes by Peggy, and view any new Todd White pieces.

On August 2, they went to dinner at the Hyatt then stopped by to say hi to Peggy at the gallery. Inside, there were several large men, and no White art on the walls. One of the men was standing at the door to turn people away. When he told my mother-in-law that the gallery was closed, she asked for Peggy. When she came out of a back room, Peggy told her that they were moving some things around, and she should come back later.

Are they still fans? Of course. They have his gorgeous art decorating their home, as you can see below. But we’re all curious where the lawsuit is headed! What gives, Todd?

All art by Todd White.


Written by jenniferloftis

August 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

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  1. Please call 818.772.8001 for information regarding this matter.


    August 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm

  2. […] The New York Times says that Todd White is suing back. This is new since I first wrote his story […]

  3. I know Todd & guarantee there’s a huge part of this puzzle missing. Todd is far from a thug! Time will reveal the truth….


    September 8, 2011 at 9:31 am

  4. http://www.orangecountyfineart.com/bailey.htm

    I believe Clifford Bailey created this style of art before Todd White!? Who copied who?


    May 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    • Wow, they are incredibly similar styles. I didn’t know of Clifford Bailey so thanks for sharing. I love his work.


      May 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    • Oh my, they are such similar styles! wow


      June 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    • Todd White blatantly ripped off Bailey. There’s no question. I assisted Bailey at many art shows in Miami in the early 90’s and White’s work is as close to art plagiarism as is possible. If an original is what your looking for, Bailey’s your guy.


      November 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm

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