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Contemporary Art


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Contemporary Art

  1. 1. Alan Warren By James Dixon
  2. 2. History <ul><li>Born in 1919 in Victoria </li></ul><ul><li>Studied drawing and painting at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School during 1937-38 </li></ul><ul><li>Served in the camouflage corps during most of the war, and was responsible for disguising the perimeter defence system at Darwin which was subject to continual air raids by Japanese bombers </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Myer Gallery during 1946-47. </li></ul><ul><li>Focused his artwork mainly on graphic design and painting. </li></ul>
  3. 3. History Continued <ul><li>Involved in the graphic design </li></ul><ul><li>Thoroughly enjoyed painting </li></ul><ul><li>Taught art </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrated on still life and the landscape. </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote on art </li></ul><ul><li>Work has been included in two survey exhibitions of Australian art, the Jubilee Exhibition of Australian Art 1951 and the National Gallery of Victoria's 'Landfall' Captain Cook Bi-Centenary Exhibition Art 1970. </li></ul><ul><li>most of his paintings (even the landscapes) were composed at home in his garage-studio </li></ul>
  4. 4. History Continued <ul><li>His pictures remained surprisingly consistent </li></ul><ul><li>His paintings re adjusted the world in line with his sense of structural harmony </li></ul><ul><li>Won the Bendigo Prize in 1955, the Perth prize in 1956, and the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery's prestigious Crouch Prize in 1958. </li></ul><ul><li>During his later years Warren continued to be heavily involved in art through managing art galleries and teaching students about the concept of conceptual art. </li></ul>
  5. 5. History Continued <ul><li>Taking a semi-abstract approach, Warren tended to emphasise geographical contours and pictorial structure, while reducing colour to an unmodulated fill. </li></ul><ul><li>Represented Victoria National Gallery of Victoria, Bendigo Art Gallery Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Castlemaine Art Gallery, Geelong Art Gallery </li></ul><ul><li>Western Australia Art Gallery of Western Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Canberra Australian National Gallery </li></ul><ul><li>Queensland Queensland Art Gallery </li></ul>
  6. 6. Warren’s Artworks
  7. 11. Activity: <ul><li>Create a painting in a similar fashion to that of Alan Warren. </li></ul><ul><li>Look closely at his designs and try to replicate this in your own work </li></ul><ul><li>How do you think he has created his artwork? </li></ul>
  8. 12. Discussion <ul><li>Do you think the use of technology may have changed the way Warren worked? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you believe that technology has changed contemporary art for the better or the worse? </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Use this youtube clip to back up your opinion </li></ul>
  9. 13. Artwork
  10. 14. Photoshop <ul><li>Try and create your own version of ‘Sunshine Coast’ using Photoshop </li></ul><ul><li>Compare this with the painting you painted and comment on which one you found easier/harder. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul>
  11. 15. Questions <ul><li>Why do you think Warren painted the way he did? </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on his use of colour and line. </li></ul><ul><li>If you could change anything about his paintings what would you change? </li></ul>
  12. 16. References <ul><li>Heathcote, C (2008). Alan Warren [Accessed 30 th January 2010] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Art Net, (2009). Alan Warren [Accessed 30 th January 2010]. </li></ul>