Warren Slater - Painter

Warren Slater was born in Sydney, Australia in 1952 and currently resides in Athens, Georgia. He attended art school full time at ESTC in Sydney during the late 1960's studying Ceramics. Setting up studio on a scholarship fund he began exploring conceptualism, minimalism and 'real, image and illusion'. The limitations of Ceramics were a constant frustration but also a curious inspiration as the new work progressed. in 1973 the resulting works were shown at his his first solo exhibition at the ICA Gallery in Sydney.

The next seven years saw a prolific series of paintings shown on permanent studio exhibition, from 1974 -1979, at the Shepherd and Newman building in Darlinghurst.

From 1979 on Warren enjoyed a career as a musician composer. During this period and as an echo to the 'Shepherd and Newman' series, he produced a series of 30 x 20 inch screen printed multi colored Band posters. They were pasted weekly in a grid pattern three top and three bottom around building hoardings across Sydney. Approximately 15,000 posters were done in batches of about 100. Bluring the lines between Art and life. "I thought the posters looked great. Very Pop. They were in equal measure about the 'paintings', about the act of doing them and the illegal pasting of the posters knowing that they had a 'life expectancy' of at most a week before being torn down or pasted over." This gallery was a "you're going to see it weather you like it or not experience". 

After traveling and relocating to Los Angeles USA in 1990 he resumed painting with the first works of his current series. With the desire to paint in a new way, the beginning works are clearly influenced by Pop Art, Aboriginal Art, Pointalism and Op Art. Combining texture and color, gradually the technique has evolved into something new.

" I refine the subject until each painting can be realised in its most simple form. First an underpainting is done and then paint dots are dabbed on to give an atmosphere, texture and shadow that cannot be achieved another way. The result often creates an unusual and very tactile surface and space."

Later works feature the interplay of Photo Realism and Op Art bringing the viewer closer to the surface and deeper into pictorial space.

Add an acute sense of color and an inviting feeling for composition to the mix and the basis for an ongoing and constantly developing series has emerged. Within the the series a seemingly simple work can draw the viewer into a world of complexities worthy of closer attention and scrutiny.

From 2002 to 2014, Warren exhibited his paintings through the Oscarzulu Gallery in Northport New York.

In 2015 he held a solo show at the Ward Nasse Gallery in Soho New York, exhibiting 57 paintings completed between 1996 and 2015.

The Nasse Gallery continued to show a selection of his work through June 2017 before relocating and re-opening in Sussex, NJ. where they continued to show his paintings until closing following the passing of Harry Nasse the gallery's co-founder.

Warren is currently exhibiting locally and working on a new visual Art series and composing music.