We are now taking pre-orders for our upcoming book Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings. All pre-orders placed by January 15, 2012 will come signed by Chang. Over the next few weeks I will begin posting new blogs about Warren, with a new interview and the story behind the making of the book. I also just received preview copies of Narrative Paintings. I’m absolutely delighted with how the book came out. I’ll get some pictures up soon.
For now, here are the book details and the official biography on Warren. Follow the links at the end of this post to learn more, to pre-order and to visit Warren Chang’s website.
Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings is the first individual collection of Warren Chang’s fine art. A gifted storyteller, Chang portrays the human condition in his paintings, often depicting the downtrodden and disenfranchised while at the same time celebrating the human spirit. He is perhaps best known for interiors and genre scenes depicting the fieldworkers of Monterey County in California, where he grew up. Additional paintings in this collection offer scenes from life, landscapes, interiors and an engaging series of self-portraits. Chang’s written commentary accompanies many pieces, providing a personal approach that complements his skill at painting and utilizes the techniques he developed during fourteen years of teaching drawing and painting. His talent as a teacher is further demonstrated through sketches and step-by-step procedures.
About Warren Chang
Warren Chang was born in Monterey, California, in 1957 and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1981. After 20 years as an award-winning illustrator, he embarked on a career in fine art in 2000. He has been honored as a Signature Artist member of the California Art Club and a Master Signature member of the Oil Painters of America.
Chang’s work has been recognized nationally and been profiled in many art publications, including the covers of American Artist and International Artist magazines, accompanying a series of eight articles on instructional painting that he authored. He has been an instructor of drawing and painting for fourteen years, including three years at the Pratt Institute in New York City and currently at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and he conducts painting workshops nationally.
Perhaps best-known for his genre scenes depicting the field-workers of Monterey County, Chang portrays the human condition in his paintings and often depicts the downtrodden and disenfranchised while at the same time celebrating the human spirit. Additional highly regarded paintings include his scenes from life, interior scenes of artists, models and students, landscapes and an engaging series of self-portraits. All of Chang’s paintings represent a personal truth through his reflections of real life. Technique is subordinate to his ideas, as he channels an honest expression from within. This allows him to paint sincerely. A unique form of thinking prevails in his works, and each new painting represents a new discovery of himself.
His awards include “Best of Show” at the Salon International in 2003 in San Antonio, Texas; the Southwest Art Award of Excellence in 2008 and the Fine Art Connoisseur award for painting in 2009, both at the California Art Club’s Gold Medal Exhibition, held at the Pasadena Museum of California Art; and first place in RayMar Art’s Fine Art Competition in 2010. Chang is participating with the America China Oil Painting Artists League’s exhibition of contemporary American and Chinese realism at The World Art Museum in Beijing (2012), which is the first stop of a yearlong tour of major provinces in China. Furthermore, The Butler Institute of American Art will celebrate the art of Warren Chang with a solo exhibition in May of 2014.