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Warren Chang Works Biography

BIOGRAPHY

 

(b. 1957) California born Chang graduated the Art Center College of Design in 1981 and after 20 years as an award winning illustrator, embarked in a career in fine art in 2000.

He has been an instructor of drawing and painting for fourteen years, including 3 years at Pratt Institute in New York and currently at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and he conducts painting workshops nationally.

His work has been recognized nationally and profiled in many art publications, including the covers of American Artist magazine and International Artist magazines accompanying a series of 8 articles on instructional painting he authored.

His awards include “Best of Show” at the Salon International 2003 held in San Antonio Texas, Southwest Art Award in 2008 and the Fine Art Connoisseur Award for painting in 2009, both at the California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition held at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

He was awarded 1st Place in the Raymar Online Art Contest in 2010.   He is a Signature Artist member of the California Art Club and a Master Signature member of the Oil Painters of America.

Chang’s subjects include biographical interiors and genre scenes of the fieldworkers of Monterey County where he grew up.  His paintings portray the human condition, often depictions of the downtrodden and disenfranchised while at the same time celebrating the human spirit.

ARTIST STATEMENT

FIGURE IN THE LANDSCAPE

A common theme in my outdoor subjects is the fieldworkers of Monterey County where I grew up.  I started exploring this subject around 2001 when I had recently relocated from New York to Northern California.

These paintings were in part inspired by the writings of John Steinbeck (1902-1968) whose novels I read as a youth.  His works examined the lives of working class and migrant workers in the Salinas Valley, California.

In addition, I felt this subject had an historical precedent dating as far back as the 16th century with the paintings by Peter Bruegel the Elder (1525)-1569) known for his peasant scenes and then later on with the work of Francois Millet (1814-1875) and the 19th century Naturalist Movement in general.  American artists Winslow Homer (1824-1906) and Eastman Johnson (1824-1906), both painted the fieldworker and later Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) painted the fieldworker in his regional works, so I felt I could pursue this genre with a sense of substance and tradition.   My works though inspired by the paintings and subjects of the past are however contemporary records of our times.  I depict the  farmworker honestly without idealization with an understanding of their plight.  In  a way I see the farmworker as a tragic figure, a metaphor for the all humanity.

INTERIORS

My primary goal in painting the figure in interior is to capture an ambiance of mood and emotion through manipulation of light and space.  I accomplish this working with a limited palette with emphasis on grays and browns along with the observation of close value relationships.

Much of my interior subjects are biographical in nature depicting my studio and classroom environment.  I find an artist’s environment to be rich in character, including the people who inhabit the environment- the artists and models.  The works of Vermeer (1632-1675) in particular are of great interest to me but he was not my original source of inspiration.  People had remarked on the similarity of my work to his and so since then he has become a source of influence to me along with the work of Diego Velasquez (1632-1675).  I have also found inspiration in the work of 20th century realist John Koch (1909-1978), who painted many of his most important paintings within the confines of his New York apartment.

RESUME

Born: Monterey, California, 1957

EDUCATION

University California Santa Cruz and Los Angeles, (1976-78)

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, BFA with Honors, (1978-1981)

 

TEACHING

Pratt Institute, NY: 1997-2000

California Art Institute: 2000-2001

Academy of Art University: 2001-present

 

LECTURES

2009 Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, California

2008 Laguna School of Art and Design, Laguna, California

2008 Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, California

2007 Andreeva Portrait Academy, Sante Fe, New Mexico

2007 Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California

2005 California State University at Monterey Bay, Monterey, California

 

MAGAZINE & NEWSPAPER REFERENCES

2010, Dec 2010/Jan 2011 International Artist, People and Figures, editors of Interational Artist, (page 15).

2010, December, American Artist, “What is Genuine?”Realist Artists Take on “Hard Times” by Naomi Ekperigin(pages 26-35).

2010, August issue 58, American Art Collector, “Hard Times:An Artist’s View” by Traci M.Fieldsted, curator (pages 90-93)

2010, May, American Artist, “Art Supplies Are Going Green” by Daniel Grant (pages 18-19)

2010, February, Fine Art Connoisseur, “When Artist’s Paint the Hard Times” by Traci M. Fieldsted, (pages 61-64).

2009, Winter, no. 6.4.22, ARTWORKS A Voice for the Arts, Special Section: Artists: Celebrating 5 years of Artworks Magazine, Editors, (page 72-73)

2009, December, Carmel Magazine, “Reflecting Real Life” by Kathryn McKenzie Nichols, (4 color pages).

2009, August, Fine Art Connoisseur, “Out and About” (page 68, photo accepting award).

2009, June, Fine Art Connoisseur, “Galleries & Artists” (page 64, reproduction of Harvesters Resting).

2009 Spring, California Art Club Newsletter, “An Interview with Warren Chang on Eastman Johnson (1824-1906)” by Miriam Noske, pages 12-13,15 (black and white).

2009 Feb/March, International Artist, “Pursuing an artist’s life behind the easel” part 8 by Warren Chang

2009 Dec/Jan, International Artist, “Pursuing an artist’s life behind the easel” part 7 by Warren Chang

2008 Oct/Nov, International Artist, “Pursuing an artist’s life behind the easel” part 6 by Warren Chang

2008 Aug/Sept, International Artist, “Pursuing an artist’s life behind the easel” part 5 by Warren Chang

2008 June/July, International Artist, “Pursuing an artist’s life behind the easel” part 4 by Warren Chang

2008 April/May, International Artist, “Pursuing an artist’s life behind the easel” part 3 by Warren Chang

2008 Feb/March, International Artist, “Pursuing an artist’s life behind the easel” part 2 by Warren Chang

2008 Dec/Jan, International Artist, “Pursuing an artist’s life behind the easel” part 1 by Warren Chang

2007 Summer, Artworks, “Warren Chang” by Anne McGrath

2007 April 30, Monterey Herald, “The Art of Life” by Brenda Moore

2007 April, American Artist, “Bringing the Past to the Present” by John A. Parks

2006 November, American Art Collector, “Its all about mood.” by Joshua Rose

2006 November, Southwest Art, “Go Figure” by Gussie Fauntleroy

2004 October/November, International Artist, “Still Life and Florals”, “Studio Shelf” pg 10.

2004 August/September, International Artist, “Favorite Subjects”, 2nd Prize “The Demonstration” pg 6.

2003 August/September, International Artist, “Favorite Subjects”, “Break” pg 11.

2002 August/September, International Artist, “Favorite Subjects”, “Evening Tea” pg 11.

2000 October, American Artist, “Realism Today”

Books and Catalogs:

2010, Allied Artists of America 2010 97th Annual Exhibition Catalog, 60 pages (color).

2010, International 2009-2010 Arc-Salon 6th Annual Competition Catalog, Art Renewal Center,

Fred Ross, Editor. 112 pages (color).

2010, Star Wars Art: Visions: Limited Edition by George Lucas and J.W. Rinzler, Abrams, New York, Limited Edition Nov. 1, 2010, 240 pages (color).

2009, Hard Times: An Artist’s View, Vern Swanson/Traci Fieldsted, Springville Museum of Art, Butler Institute of American Art Trumbull Branch, 55 pages (color).

2009, 100 Artists of The West Coast II, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Tina Skinner; Editor, 224 pages (color).

2009, 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, California Art Club, Pasadena Museum of California Art, 127 pages (color), Kristin Glover, Editor.

2009, California Landscapes and Legacy, California Art Club and Bennington Center For the Arts, 28 pages (color).

2008-2009, International 2008 Arc Salon-5th Annual Competition Catalog, Art Renewal Center, Fred Ross, Editor.

2008, 97th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, California Art Club, Pasadena Museum of California Art, 176 pages (color), Kristen Glover, Editor.

 

EXHIBITION CATALOGS

2008, Oil Painters of America, 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, 78 pages (color).

2007, International 2007 Arc Salon- 4th Annual Competition Catalog, Art Renewal Center, 88 pages (color), Fred Ross, Editor.

2007, 96th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition – California Art Club, Pasadena Museum of California Art, 186 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog, Becky E. Deo, Editor.

2006, International 2006 Arc Salon- 3rd Annual Competition Catalog, Art Renewal Center, 64 pages (color), Fred Ross, Editor.

2007, Oil Painters of America, 16 Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, 80 pages (color).

2006, 95th Gold Medal Juried Exhibition – California Art Club, Pasadena Museum of California Art, 135 pages (color), Elaine Adams, Editor.

2006, Oil Painters of America, 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, 78 pages (color).

2005, International 2005 Arc Salon – 2nd Annual Competition Catalog, Art Renewal Center, 58 pages (color), Fred Ross, Editor.

2005, 94th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition – California Art Club, Pasadena Museum of California Art, 152 pages (color), Elaine Adams, Editor.

2005, 100 Ways to Paint People & Figures, Volume 2, International Artist Publishing, 128 pages (color), Terri Dodd, Editor.

2005,100 Ways to Paint Still Life & Florals, Volume 2, International Artist Publishing, 128 pages (color), Terri Dodd, Editor.

2005, Illustrators 46, Society of Illustrators, 604 pages (color), Jill Bossert, Editor.

2004,100 Ways to Paint People & Figures Volume 1, International Artist Publishing, 128 pages (color), Terri Dodd, Editor.

2004, Illustrators 45, Society of Illustrators, Jill Bossert, Editor.

2004,100 Ways to Paint Favorite Subjects, Volume 1, International Artist Publishing, 128 pages (color), Paul Soerberg, Editor.

2004, Communications Arts: Illustration Annual 45, July, 208 pages (color), Patrick Coyne, Editor.

2003, Illustrators 44, Society of Illustrators, Jill Bossert, Editor.

2003,Communication Arts: Illustration Annual 44, July, 212 pages (color), Patrick Coyne, Editor.

2003, 93rd Gold Medal Juried Exhibition – California Art Club, Pasadena Museum of History, 175 pages (color), Elaine Adams, Editor.

2002, Oil Painters of America, 11th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, 68 pages (color).

2001, Communication Arts: Illustration Annual 42, July,

256 pages (color), Patrick Coyne, Editor.

1993, Illustrators 35, Society of Illustrators, Jill Bossert, Editor

 

AWARDS

2010, American Artists Professional League Award for Traditional Realism, Allied Artists of America 97th Annual Exhibition

2010, 1st Place, Best of Show RayMar Art’s 2009-2010 Art Competition (Finals Judge: Scott Jennings)

2010, Elected to Signature Member by the California Art Club.

2009, Elected to Master Signature Status by the Oil Painters of America.

2009, 3rd Place, Utrecht 60th Anniversary Art Competition, Selected by Editors of American Artist Magazine.

2009, 3rd Place, Fine Art Studio Online Competition (October competition. Judge: Bill James)

2009, 3rd Place, Fine Art Studio Online Competition (March competition. Judge: Jeremy Lipking).

2009, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, 73rd National Midyear.

2009, Fine Art Connoisseur Certificate of Excellence for “Harvesters Resting”, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, Ca, 98th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.

2009, 11th Annual International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America, Certificate of Excellence (top 30) for “Father and Son”.

2008, Arc Salon 2008/2009 Top 100 Finalist, Art Renewal Center

2008, Southwest Art Award of Excellence for “Approaching Storm”, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, Ca, 97th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.

2007, Arc Salon 2007, Top 100 Finalist , Art Renewal Center

2007,  Certificate of Excellence, 96 Annual CAC Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, Ca

2006, Certificate of Excellence, 95th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, Ca.

2006, Arc Salon 2006, Top 100 Finalist, Art Renewal Center

2005, Arc Salon 2005, Top 100 Finalist, Art Renewal Center

2004, Certificate of Excellence, 94th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, Ca.

2004, 2nd Place, International Artist Magazine Competition, Favorite Subjects Category.

2004, Top 10 Finalist, International Artist Magazine Competition, Still Life and Floral.

2004, Certificate of Excellence, Communication Arts Magazine, Illustration Annual 45

2004, Certificate of Excellence, Illustrators 46, Society of Illustrators of New York

2003,  Best of Show, Salon International, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, San Antonio, Texas. (Judge: David Leffel)

2003, Top 10 Finalist, International Artist Magazine Competition, Favorite Subjects Category.

2003, Certificate of Excellence, Communication Arts Magazine, Illustration Annual 44

2003, Certificate of Excellence, Illustrators 45, Society of Illustrators of New York

2003, Certificate of Excellence, 93rd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, Ca.

2002, Certificate of Excellence, 92nd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, Ca.

2002, Certificate of Excellence, Illustrators 44, Society of Illustrators of New York

2002, Top 10 Finalist, International Artist Magazine, Favorite Subjects category.

2001, Certificate of Excellence, Communication Arts Magazine, Illustration Annual 42

1993, Certificate of Excellence, Illustrators 35, Society of Illustrators of New York

 

EXHIBITIONS (MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, ART SHOWS)

2011, Oil Painters of America 20th National Exhibition, Devin Galleries, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

2011, ACOPAL Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism, National Arts Club, NYC

2011, California Art Club’s 100th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California

2011, Luminous Land-Selections From California Art Club Signature Artists, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California

2010, Allied Artist’s of America 97th Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC

2010, OPA Western Regional, Mountain Trails Gallery,  Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2010, OPA Eastern Regional, Walls Fine Art Gallery, Wilmington, North Carolina

2010, Drawing Exhibition, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2010, Hard Times: An Artist’s View, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

2010, Hard Times: An Artist’s View, Butler Institute of American Art, Trumball Branch, Howland Township, Ohio

2010, California Art Club’s 99th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California

2010, Oil Painters of America’s 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2010, Hard Times: An Artist’s View, Springville Museum, Springville, Utah

2009, Hard Times, McCarthey Gallery, Park City, Utah

2009, “Monterey Featured Artist” District Office of Assembyman Bill Monning, Monterey, California.

Solo exhibition of giclee canvas prints and original oils.

2009, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont, “California’s Landscapes and Legacy”

2009, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngtown, Ohio, 73rd National Midyear Show

2009, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, Ca, “CAC 98th Gold Medal Exhibition”

2009, LA Art Show, Los Angeles, California, California Art Club booth

2008, Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana, Oil Painters of America 2008 National Juried Exhibition

2008, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, Ca, “CAC 97th Gold Medal Exhibition”

2008, Wendt Gallery, Laguna Beach, Ca, “Bay Area Influence”

2008, Hauk Fine Arts, Pacific Grove, Ca, “Road to Eden”, Solo Exhibition

2008, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, Ca, “Narrative Realities”

2007, Andreeva Gallery, “Young Masters”

2007, Whistle Pik Galleries, “OPA 16th National Exhibition”

2007, Pasadena Museum of California Art, “CAC 96th Gold Medal Exhibition”

2007, Lynn House Gallery, “The Artist Teacher Tradition”

2006, Morseburg Galleries, Solo Exhibition

2006, Dana Gallery, “OPA 15th National Exhibition”

2006, Greenhouse Gallery, “Salon International 2006”

2006, Pasadena Museum of California Art, “CAC 95th Gold Medal Exhibition”

2005, Monterey Museum, “Monterey Bienniel”

2004, Pasadena Museum of California Art, “CAC 94th Gold Medal Exhibition”

2004, Society of Illustrators NY, “46th Annual Exhibition”

2003, Green House Gallery, “Salon International 2003”

2003, Pasadena Museum of California Art, “CAC 93rd Gold Medal Exhibition”

2003, Society of Illustrators NY, “45th Annual Exhibition”

2002, Hillogos Gallery, “OPA 11th National Exhibition”

2002, Pasadena Musum of History, “CAC 92nd Gold Medal Exhibition”

2002, Morseburg Galleries, “Nude:A Celebration of Human Form”

2002, Society of Illustrators NY, “44th Annual Exhibition”

2001, Salmagundi Club, NYC, “73rd Grand National Exhibition”

2000, John Pence Gallery, “Realism Today”

2000, Knickerbocker Gallery, NYC, “Nudes”

1998, Spring Studio, NYC, “Seven Years of Figure Drawing”

1997, Salmagundi Club, NYC, “69th Grand National Exhibition”

1992, Society of Illustrators NY, “35th Annual Exhibition”

 

MEMBERSHIPS

California Art Club

Oil Painters of America.