Gallery Lane Cove presents a major centenary survey exhibition of Guy Warren’s artworks, spanning his creative arc as a painter from the 1940s through to his self-proclaimed time of great productivity during 2020. Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios is located in the building directly across from the Lane Cove Library
Thematically, the exhibition foregrounds his persistent pursuit of experimentation, evident from his expansive style. A spirit of adventure underscores his life and work, eschewing conformity and artworld trends, eclipsing the energy and focus of many other artists. The survey exhibition presents an open invitation for the audience to be curious; to approach his work with a keen observing eye and an open mind.
Much of his work is influenced by memories of his countless and rich life experiences in Australia, Papua New Guinea, London and Indonesia.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Warren is not one to strive for a signature style. He has famously quipped that once you start copying yourself, you are essentially dead. This view and desire to always explore and innovate is evident in his vastly different bodies of works. Even within each decade, there are noticeable stylistic differences.
This survey exhibition also places emphasis on his more recent paintings. Fuelled in part by the COVID restrictions, Guy produced an immense amount of new work in this period, with his work reflecting the current situation of lockdown as well as recollections of past experiences and travels. Throughout his practice, Warren has remained fascinated with the landscape and specifically, nature’s complexity and man’s synergistic relationship to it.
Of Man and Nature: The Diverse Journey of Guy Warren at Gallery Lane Cove is one of three exhibitions on view in New South Wales in the same period, each focussing on different aspects of Guy Warren’s practice. National Art School, Darlinghurst will host a drawing exhibition entitled From the Mountain to the Sky: Guy Warren Drawings opening on 17 April, with the Gallery Lane Cove major survey exhibition highlighting his paintings to follow, opening on 29 April. Thereafter, University of Wollongong will open Hills and Wings: A celebration of Guy Warren and his work on 3 May 2021, presenting Warren’s works in relation to the Illawarra region and the university alongside art he acquired when he was Director of the university’s art collection. Warren also recently had a solo show at his representing commercial gallery, King Street on William which closed on 10 April 2021.
About Guy Warren
Celebrating his 100th year in 2021, Guy Warren is a national art treasure, a Greenwich resident of since 1960s, with a remarkable artistic career spanning some eight decades.
He has received the highest of accolades for his contribution to the arts including a Medal of the Order of Australia OAM (1999) and an Australia Medal AM (2013).
Guy has garnered awards including the AGNSW Trustees’ Watercolour Award (Wynne Prize Exhibition) (1968), the Archibald Prize (1985) and the 4th International Triennale of Drawing in Poland (1988). His work is held in public art collections across Australia as well as in prominent international public and corporate collections.
A Panel Discussion Art, Humankind and Nature: The Inspirations and Processes of Guy Warren’s Practice will be held on 15 May 11:00am
Guest Panelists: Katrina Cashman, Assistant Director and Senior Curator, Mosman Art Gallery, Karen Cass, Collections Manager, University of Wollongong Art Collection, Rhonda Davis, Senior Curator, Macquarie University Art Gallery
Moderator: Rachael Kiang, Manager and Curator, Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
Of Man and Nature: The Diverse Journey of Guy Warren
A centenary survey exhibition of Guy Warren
Curator: Rachael Kiang
30 April – 29 May 2021
Opening Night: 6pm, 29 April 2021
Monday – Friday 10 am – 4.30 pm
Saturdays 10 am – 2.30 pm
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