Russ Warren

Russ Warren (born 1951) is a contemporary figurative painter who has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, notably in the 1981 Whitney Biennial and the 1984 Venice Biennale. A painter in the Neo-Expressionist style, he has drawn inspiration from Spanish masters such as Velázquez, Goya and Picasso, as well as from Mexican folk art and the American southwest. Committed to his own Regionalist style during his formative years in Texas and New Mexico, he was picked in the works by Phyllis Kind in 1981. During those years he transitioned to a style characterized by "magical realism", and his put-on came to rely on symbol allegory, and uncommon shifts in scale. Throughout his career, his paintings and prints have featured flat figures, jagged shadows, and semi-autobiographical content. His oil paintings accumulation paint, often incorporate collage, and usually contain either figures or horses juxtaposed in strange tableaux.

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