G u y W a r r e n A M
My paintings frequently shift between the figurative and the abstract as they experiment with the landscape alone, or with the relationship of the human presence to the land, and the metaphors we construct in order to make sense of man in nature and, equally, the presence of nature in man.
Guy Warren left school at the age of fourteen to work on The Bulletin newspaper while studying part-time with J.S. Watkins. During World War II, he served for five years in Australia and New Guinea, being profoundly influenced by the art of the indigenous people, their relationship to their richly textured jungle environment and by landscape generally.
He studied post-war at the National Art School, Sydney, under the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Training Scheme, subsequently working and studying in London (1951-59), New York (1982-83) and Paris (1990). Between 1968 and 2005, he held a variety of senior positions in art colleges and universities and was Director of the Wollongong Art Collection from 1992 to 2002.
Warren has had over 70 solo exhibitions in Australia and abroad, including survey exhibitions at Newcastle Regional Gallery (1977), Cairns regional Gallery (2001), University of Wollongong (2002), Mosman Art Gallery (2003-2004), S.H. Ervin Gallery (2016) and Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery (2018-2019).
His work is represented in the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, all State galleries, most regional galleries and in major museum and institutional collections overseas, including the British Museum, London; the Contemporary Art Society Collection, London; the National Library, China, and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan.
He is the recipient of numerous art prizes, including the Archibald Prize (1985), the Art Gallery of New South Wales Trustees’ Watercolour Prize (1980) and the 6th International Drawing Prize, Poland. In 1966, Warren was commissioned to produce several portraits for the new Australian decimal currency notes and, in 1994, created the Fall of Icarus drawing at 14,000 ft. in the sky above Sydney Harbour.
Warren was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia OAM (1999), the Member of the Order of Australia Medal AM (2013), an Honorary Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong (1998) and an Honorary Doctorate of Visual Arts from the University of Sydney (2007).
A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1993, Guy Warren lives and works in Sydney.