Warren Slater - Painter
Warren Slater was born in Sydney, Australia in 1952 and currently resides on Long Island, New York. He attended art school full time in Sydney during the late 1960's - 1970 studying Ceramics and Painting. Setting up studio on a scholarship fund, as a young artist he produced works in various mediums and techniques exploring conceptualism, minimalism and the ever enticing fields of 'real, image and illusion'. In 1972 the resulting works were shown at his first solo exhibition at the ICA Gallery in Sydney. The next few years were spent refining a series of paintings shown on permanent studio exhibition, from 1974-1979, at the Shepherd and Newman building in Darlinghurst.
From 1979 on Warren enjoyed a career as a musician composer and after traveling and relocating to Los Angeles USA in 1990 he resumed painting with the first works of his current series. With the desire to paint in a new way, the beginning works are clearly influenced by Pointalism, Pop Art and Australian Aboriginal dot painting. Combining texture and color, gradually the technique has evolved into something new.
"Because the technique will not allow for extremely fine detail there are both limitations and advantages. It forces me to define and pinpoint the subject matter to where I feel the essence of each painting can be realised in its most simple form. First an underpainting is done and then the dots are painted to give an atmosphere and shadow that cannot be achieved another way. Each dot is concave and arcs high enough to cast a shadow. The pictorial depth combined with the shadow on each dot gives each painting a shimmer effect. The result is an unusual and very tactile surface and space."
Later works feature the interplay of Realism and Op Art bringing the viewer closer to the surface and deeper into pictorial space.
Add an acute sense of color and an inviting feeling for composition to the mix and the basis for an ongoing and constantly developing series has emerged. Broadly his paintings represent the state of being in time, space or dimension. The series is an intuitive experiment combining technique, the sub-concious and subjective experience. Within the the series a seemingly simple work can draw the viewer into a world of complexities worthy of closer attention and scrutiny.
Currently, and from 2002 to the present, Warren has shown and sold his paintings through the gallery space at Oscarzulu in Northport New York.