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David W. Warren has painted and drawn all his life. During his senior year in high school, he entered a regional art competition and won first place awarding him a full scholarship to Kilgore Junior College. He later graduated with a BA in Art from Texas A & M, Corpus Christi, also under full scholarship.During the next twelve years, David worked for commercial art galleries and then for The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. In June 2001 the artist’s studio was flooded from tropical storm Allison. The next year he moved from Houston to Bastrop, Texas in the Lost Pines to escape the gulf storms and flooding. In Bastrop, he began working with ceramics after he was given a kiln that was previously his grandmother’s. In September 2011 a wildfire destroyed the artist’s home and studio. Despite such setbacks, David never quit practicing his art was a 2011 CERF+ grant recipient due to the Bastrop fire. After too many natural disasters, plus a long-term love for New Mexico the artist moved to Chimayo in October 2019.
Artist’s statementThe American Southwest is the inspiration for my art. I had always painted watercolors and pastels, but the ceramics are most popular. My sculptures are all stoneware fired to cone 5. I hand built with coil and slab assembly; no two pieces are identical. I love natural organic forms so my pieces are fashioned after desert plants: cactus, agaves, yucca and lechuguilla. Their asymmetrical forms and dripping glazes are evocative of the hot desert environment. Some influences in my sculptures are Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mexican Folk art, Native American pottery, the ceramicist George Ohr, the architect Antonio Gaudi and the painter Henri Rousseau.
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