A painter in the Neo-Expressionist style, Russ Warren draws inspiration from Spanish masters such as Velázquez, Goya and Picasso, as well as from Mexican folk art and the American Southwest. His 45-year career is examined in the exhibition Russ Warren: Works 1971-2015, on view at the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art at The University of Alabama from October 29-December 4, 2015.
Warren will be on campus to lecture about his work on Monday, November 2 at 4:30 p.m. in 205 Gorgas Library. A reception for the artist will follow at 6:00 p.m. in the gallery at 103 Garland Hall.
Russ Warren is openly fascinated with historically monumental painters. His storied approach to painting engages the viewer as witness to the moment depicted. He embraces the ambivalence and uncertainty of all creatures, each facing life and death. Carter Ratcliff of Art in America has said of Warren’s work: “People and dogs and horses are equals…so intimately connected that everyone seems to be everyone else’s alter ego.”
Born in Washington, D.C., Warren grew up in Texas. He studied under painter Earl Staley at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, from 1969 to 1971. He earned his B.F.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1973 and his M.F.A. in 1977 from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
This exhibition was organized with Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, Virginia. An illustrated catalogue features an introduction by Davidson College professor of art history Shaw Smith, an interview by UA associate professor of art and gallery director William Dooley and an essay by Art in America contributing editor Carter Ratcliff.
Russ Warren has works placed in numerous public and private collections. His paintings were included in the 1981 Whitney Biennial and he exhibited at Phyllis Kind Gallery (Chicago and New York). This exhibition will also travel to Davidson College in North Carolina.
Image credit: (top) Russ Warren, “Night Fishing at Moms,” 2014, acrylic on canvas, triptych: 60 x 48 inches each panel; 60 x 144 inches total. Image courtesy of Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville.
Image credit: (middle) Russ Warren, “Fino Fino Por Favor,” 1991, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 ½ inches, Image courtesy of Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville.
Image credit: (bottom) Russ Warren, “Burial at Barrio San Antonio,” 1986 , Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 90 inches, Image courtesy of Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville.
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