Shawn Michael Warren grew up being exposed to art at an early age. Since age 9, he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life creating art for a living. Warren earned his BFA in 2009 at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and continued his studies at the Florence Academy of Art, where he learned the methods of the old masters. His narrative work brings attention and awareness to events and individuals - past and present - that have affected and shaped cultures and civilizations throughout the world. Warren incorporates his training in classical drawing and oil painting to depict various contemporary subjects that are, at times, uncomfortable and bring light to the experiences of those who are underrepresented. His source of inspiration derives from multiple mediums, including film, narrative paintings from artists of past centuries (Bouguereau, Sargent, Thayer, Alma Tadema), fictional novels, and nature.
Warren recently exhibited with a group of talented artists in the group exhibition, entitled “Narrative Painting in Los Angeles” held at Craig Krull Gallery (Santa Monica, CA). His piece “Abbot’s Waterway” brought attention to the unknown black workers that migrated to the west in the early 1900s and helped build, and complete, the famous Venice Canals in California, but were not allowed to live in that area. He was the recipient of the Dean Collection StART-up Grant that allowed 20 artists from around the world to develop a new body of work and exhibit at the venue of their choice.
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