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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    Although Graceann Warn’s academic background is in urban design and classical archaeology, she decided to take a leap of faith in 1985 to become a full time artist. She started out as an oil painter but throughout the 1990’s became best known for her assemblages. In 2000, a 16 month long commission to design sets for a major opera production led to a shift in medium and scale in her studio work. Since that time she has primarily been painting on wood panels using oils and encaustic. The present work reflects the structural logic of her architectural beginnings as well as her abiding interest in archaeology and science. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the collections of Yale University, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY, US Embassies in Nairobi, Sarajevo and Nepal, Pew Charitable Trusts and many others.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: My pieces are painted, drawn and constructed using paper, wax and, sometimes found objects. I like to use images from architecture, science and archaeology in my work. My formal education in landscape architecture and classical archaeology provides structure to artistic flights of fancy that always seem to revolve around some form of revelation or mystery.

    A: I usually begin with a word, phrase or a scientific concept in my head. I am constantly listening and reading, looking for the spark from my engagement with a word or two. I imagine what this word, etc. “looks like” , what mood it evokes for me, and begin by laying down color onto a substrate to start the painting process. It is rare that I know exactly what a piece will look like before I begin therefore it’s a very active, conscious process that evolves over the time I am working.

    A: I am a synesthete.For me, numbers and words have associated colors. I am sure this comes into play when I am working.

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