Guy Warren: Link 2
Guy Warren, Link 2
Guy Wilkie Warren was born in Goulburn, New South Wales on 16th April 1921.Best known as a painter, illustrator and teacher, he designed the portraits for the $2, 10 and $20 Australian currency notes. Guy initially studied art at the J.S Watkins Art School between 1935 to 1941 in Sydney. Following his service in the army where he saw action in New Guinea, Guy went onto study at the Chelsea School of Art and the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. From 1951 to 1959, Warren spent time travelling and studying in Europe. As shown in a large number of exhibitions in Australia and overseas his painting largely concerns technological innovation adapted to the changing panorama of international abstraction. His work is also concerned with landscape , especially rainforests and its relationship to the human presence. Parallel is a recurring interest in the intrinsic nature of materials of paint paper and canvas.
Guy as noted above has exhibited widely across Australia and indeed globally. He won the Wynne Prize in 1980 and the Archibald Prize in 1985 amongst many other awards.
The work of Art
This picture is perhaps one of the most significant abstract works in the University of Canberra's Art Collection given Warren's biography and influence with other artists. It depicts a series of coloured lines with a series of six rectangular blocks in the centre. By using the medium of watercolour, Warren has made the images of the blocks seem to move. Created in 1972, the image may be considered as commentary on the fast paced life. Many of Guy's works clearly show influence from different cultures and landcapes in Australia but the one thing they have in common is the strong use of colour Warren uses in his compositions. This is the only example of Guy's work in the University's Art Collection.