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Born and bred in Monterey, California, Warren Chang (b. 1957) graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1981, where he earned a B.F.A. in illustration with honors.  He thrived for two decades as an award-winning illustrator in both California and New York, when he transitioned to a career as a fine artist starting in the year 2000.

 Chang has become renowned for his art since his transition to fine art 12 years ago, earning many awards and honors, which include induction as Master Signature member of the prestigious Oil Painters of America, the largest organization of oil painters in the United States.  One of only 50 to receive this honor.  His awards also include Best of Show awards in the Salon International in 2003 and the Raymar Contest in 2009.  In addition his work has been profiled in many publications, including the covers of American Artist and International Artists magazines accompanying his articles on instructional painting.  Now based in his Monterey studio, he is an inveterate and popular teacher, currently affiliated with San Francisco’s Academy of Art University.

His work can be categorized into two main categories of biographical interiors and his paintings of fieldworkers. His interest in interiors reach right back to 16th century artist Johannes Vermeer, and include subjects of self portraits, family, friends and students in the interior environments of his studio, classroom and home.  His intent is to create mood and emotion through his manipulation of light and use of close value relationships and subdued color.

Perhaps best known for his paintings of fieldworkers from the Monterey County area, this subject harkens back to such forerunners as Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jean-Francois Millet, Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson and Thomas Hart Benton. Chang depiction of unidealized fieldworkers are unsentimental, yet at the same time celebrate the human spirit.  Chang admits being inspired and influenced by the novels of John Steinbeck; books he read in his youth as well as the general ambience of growing up in Monterey.

 A 112 page monograph book on his work was published by Flesk Publications in 2012.  This handsome coffee table book covers the majority of his paintings since his transition to fine art from illustration in 2000, with essays by art dealer Steve Hauk, New York social realist Max Ginsburg and the president of the Allied Artists of New York, Thomas Valenti.  Chang’s commentary on his own paintings can be found throughout the book.

 

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:
2013 Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California
2012 Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, California
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 and Newspaper References:

2014, Nov/Dec Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Exhibition Preview: Two California Shows to Catch by Matthias Anderson (pages 56-57 color).

2014, October, American Art Collector

2014, June/July, International Artist Magazine 97, Once Upon a Time in the Fields of Monterey by Warre Chang (pages 58-65 color).
2013, May, The Artists Magazine, A Tale of Two Countries by Max Ginsburg, Edited by Cherie Haas (pages 14-16 color)
2013, April/May, International Artist Magazine 90, Book Review: Warren Chang Narrative Paintings by Matthew Innis (pages 82-85 color).
2013, Feb/March, International Artist Magazine 89, Figurative Arrangement: Step by Step and Jameson Whiskey Commission by Warren Chang ( Cover and pages 50-61 color).
2012, March/April Fine Art Connoisseur, Warren Chang: Painting Modern Life As He Sees It by Matthias Anderson (pages 58-63 color).
2011, June, Fine Art Connoisseur, "East/West, United in Realism" by Peter Trippi (pages 86-7 color).
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, American Art Collector 58, "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", Editors of American Artist

 
Books and Catalogs:

2013, 102nd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, 114 pages (color).

2013, Communication Arts IllustrationAnnual 54, May/June 2013, 228 pages (color),Patrick Coyne, Editor.

2012, Contemporary American Realism, Beijing World Art Museum Sep 15 - Nov 4, 2012, Paul McCormack, Editor, 325 pages (color).

2012, Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings by Warren Chang, Introduction by Thomas Valenti, essays by Steve Hauk and Max Ginsburg

2012, 101st Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, 117 pages (color).
2011, ACOPAL, Exhibition of American Realism, Butler Institute of American Art, Exhibition Catalog, Paul McCormack; Editor, 36 pages, (color).
2011, Allied Artist of America, 98th Annual Exhibition Catalog
2011, 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition Catalog, 153 pages (color)
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).
2010, 99th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition Catalog, 108 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 Catalog.
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:

2014, 3rd Prize, 84th Annual Statewide Exhibition, Santa Cruz Art League (Judge: David Leffel)

2014, $1000 Award Winner, Raymar Online Art Contest

2013, Best of Show, Raymar Online Contest for the month of October.

2013, Dean Cornwell Award for Best Multi-Figure Work, California Art Club 102 Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition
2012, November Bold Brush Onlline Contest Winner, Best of Show
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

 
Selected Exhibition Record (Museums, Galleries and Art Shows):

2015, Butler Institute of American Art: Once Upon a Time in California: Paintings by Warren Chang; Youngstown, Ohio.
2014 Monterey Museum of Art, Warren Chang: Monterey Now, Monterey, California

2014, Bakersfield Museum of Art; Face to Face: 30 Years of Portraiture

2014, California Art Club's 103rd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Autry Museum, Los Angeles, California

2012-2013 ACOPAL, Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism, Beijing World Art Museum, Dolan Modern Museum, Tranjin Art Museum, Hubei Pronvincial Museum, Zheijang Provincial Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, China.
2013, Art in the Adobes, Orientations, Monterey, California

2013, The Catamaran Show, R Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, California

2013, California Art Club's 102nd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, USC Fisher Museum, Los Angeles, California

2012, 10 Year Retrospective, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, California

2012, California Art Club's 101 Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Autry Museum, Los Angeles, Caifornia

2012, Exhibtion and book signing, Monterey Arts Council, Carmel, California
2012, Preview and Book Signing Solo Exhibition, Winfield Gallery, Carmel, California
2011, ACOPAL, Exhibition of Comtemporary American Realism, Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio
2011, Allied Artists of America 98th Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC
2011, California, Landscape of Dreams, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, California
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
Juror:
2012, Raymar Art Contest, May (Online)
2010, Western Flier Project, Monterey, California (Art Competition)
2009, FASO Bold Brush Painting Competition (Online)
 

Dealers or Representatives:
Winfield Gallery, Dolores Street, Carmel, Ca 93921 Tel: 831-624-3369 E-mail: chris@winfieldgallery.com
Hauk Fine Arts, 206 Fountain Avenue, Pacific Grove, Ca,93950. Tel: 831-373-6007, E-mail: haukfa@pacbell.net.

 

Artist Statement:
Figure in 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.

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