Warren Slater - Painter Warren Slater was born in Sydney, Australia in 1952 and currently resides on Long Island, New York. He attended art school full time in Sydney during the late 1960's. Setting up studio on a scholarship fund, as a young artist he produced works in various mediums and techniques exploring conceptualism, minimalism and the ever enticing fields of 'real, image and illusion'. In 1972 Warren had his first solo show at the ICA Gallery in Sydney. The next few years were spent refining ideas for a series of paintings on permanent studio exhibition, from 1974 -1979, at the Shepard and Newman building in Darlinghurst.
From 1979 on Warren enjoyed a career as a musician composer and after traveling and relocating to Los Angeles USA in 1990 he resumed painting with the beginning works of his current series. The works were originally inspired by Australian Aboriginal dot painting. Gradually the technique has evolved into something new. "Because the technique will not allow for extremely fine detail there are both limitations and advantages. It forces me to define and pinpoint the subject matter to where I feel the essence of each painting can be realised in its most simple form. First an underpainting is done and then the dots are painted to give an atmosphere and shadow that cannot be achieved another way. Each dot is concave and arcs high enough to cast a shadow. The pictorial depth combined with the shadow on each dot gives each painting a shimmer effect. The result is an unusual and very tactile surface and 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. Broadly his paintings represent the state of being in time, space or dimension. The series is an intuitive experiment combining technique, the sub-concious and subjective experience. Within the the series a seemingly simple work can draw the viewer into a world of complexities worthy of closer attention and scrutiny.