Warren Chang


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    Warren Chang


    Oil 30 x 24

    The Discussion by Warren Chang was selected as a Finalist in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.




    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 15 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 ambiance of growing up in Monterey.

     A 112 page monograph book on his work was published by Flesk Publications in 2012.  Most recently, he was honored with solo exhibitions at the Monterey Museum of Art in California and the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, both in 2015.

    Pratt Institute, NY: 1997-2000
    California Art Institute: 2000-2001
    Academy of Art University: 2001-present


    Lectures and Demonstrations:

    • 2019: Center For Photographic Art, Sunset Center, Carmel, Ca
    • 2018: California Art Club's Artist Tour Lecture Series, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Ca
    • 2017: Portrait Painting Demonstration, Westlake Village Art Guild, Thousand Oaks, Ca
    • 2016: Head Painting Demonstration, Central Coast Art Association, Monterey, Ca
    • 2016: Figure Painting Demonstration, Carmel Visual Arts, Carmel, Ca
    • 2015: Portrait Painting Demonstration, Central Coast Art Association, Monterey, Ca
    • 2015: Monterey Library, Monterey, California
    • 2015: Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, California
    • 2015: Portrait Painting Demonstration, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, Ca
    • 2014: Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, California
    • 2014: Portrait Painting Demonstration, Central Coast Art Association, Monterey, Ca

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    Magazine and Newspaper References:

    • 2019, February, Fine Art Connoisseur, Exhibition Preview, A Season of Warren Chang, (page 110 color.)
    • 2019, February, American Art Collector, Warren Chang: Voice of the Fields ( pages 128-129 color.)
    • 2018, Summer, California Art Club Newsletter, Warren Chang: In Pursuit of Truth by Molly Siple. (pages 10-13 color).
    • 2017, Nov, Issue 45, American Art Collector, Upcoming Show Preview: Fleeting Moments, American Legacy Fine Arts. (page 112-113 color).
    • 2017, August, Volume 14, Issue 4, Fine Art Connoisseur, Exhibition Preview: Warren Chang: Drawn in the Light, Editors (page 96 color.).
    • 2017, July, Issue 141, American Art Collector, Warren Chang: Drawn in the Light by John O/Hern, (pages 102-105 color).
    • 2017, Vol 103, No 13, March 31, 2017, The Carmel Pine Cone, Bringing the Reality of Life to Canvas by Dennis Taylor, pages 21A, 23A.
    • 2017, Vol 7, Issue 1, Feb-March, 2017, Plein Air Magazine, Painters Painted: Warren Chang, page 146(color.)
    • 2016/17 Dec/Jan, International Artist Magazine 112, Connecting with a Client by Warren Chang, (pages 50-55 color).
    • 2016 Holiday issue, Carmel Magazine, Painter Proves One Can Go Home Again by Michael Chatfield, (page 61 color).
    • 2016, October, Fine Art Connoisseur, Exhibition Preview: Great Art Nationwide, (page 90 color).
    • 2016 June/July, International Artist Magazine 109, Finding the Ideal Subject by Warren Chang, (pages 96-99 color).
    • 2016 April, American Art Collector, Art Show Preview: California Art Club's 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, (pages 40-41 color).
    • 2016 Dec/January, International Artist Magazine 106, Scenes with Autobiographical Elements by Warren Chang, (pages 78-83 color).
    • 2015, Fall-Winter, California Art Club Newsletter, Museum Gallery Exhibitions and Lectures Listings, Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada (page 24) (color illustration page 27).
    • 2015 Dec/Jan, International Artist Magazine 100, Checkers at Custom Plaza: The Evolution of a Painting by Warren Chang (pages 52-55 color).
    • 2014, December,  Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Exhibition Preview: Two California Shows to Catch by Matthias Anderson (pages 56-57 color).  Highboy Frame advertisement (page 138 color).
    • 2014, October, American Art Collector
    • 2014, June/July, International Artist Magazine 97, Once Upon a Time in the Fields of Monterey by Warren Chang (pages 58-65 color).

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    Books and Catalogs:

    • 2019, 40 Portrait Masters, Published by Diverti Editions, Jean-Philippe Moine, Editor, 179 pages  (color), Chang, Warren pages 36-41.
    • 2018, 107th Annual CAC Gold Medal Exhibition Catalog, 167 pages (color).
    • 2017, Painting California Seascapes and Beach Towns: Paintings of the California Art Club by Jean Stern and Molly Siple, Skira Rizzoli, 276 pages (color), Chang,Warren pages 144-147.
    • 2017, 12th International ARC Salon, Art Renewal Center, Fred Ross; Editor, 315 pages (color).
    • 2017, 106th Annual CAC Gold Medal Exhibition Catalog, 192 pages (color)
    • 2016, Art of Atari by Tim Lapatino, Dynamite Entertainment, Afterward by Robert V.. Conte, Chang, Warren pages 5,23,145,162,163,178,180,183,224-225,,239,252,258,262-266,268-269,271,272, 351 (color).
    • 2016, 105th Annual CAC Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, 131 pages (color).
    • 2015, Monterey Now: Warren Chang; Monterey Museum of Art Exhibition Catalog, Flesk Publications, 32 pages, color.
    • 2014, 103rd Annual CAC Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, 123 pages (color).

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    Awards and Honors:

    • 2019: Best of Show, Salon at the Triton (judge: George Rivera)
    • 2014 1st Place, November Bold Brush Online Contest Winner, Best of Show
    • 2014, 3rd Prize, 84th Annual Statewide Exhibition, Santa Cruz Art League (Judge: David Leffel)
    • 2014, Finalist, $1000 Award Winner, Raymar Online Art Contest

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

    • 2019, California Art Club's 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, California
    • 2019, New Museum Los Gatos, Warren Chang: Voice of the Fields ( solo exhibit), Los Gatos, California
    • 2019, New Museum Los Gatos, In the Artist's Studio ( special display), Los Gatos, California
    • 2018, California Art Club's 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, California
    • 2018, Oil Painters of America 27th National Juried Exhibition, Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
    • 2017, Winfield Gallery, Drawn in the Light (recent fieldworker paintings) Solo Show, Carmel, California
    • 2017, Winfield Gallery, Nocturnes: From Dusk til Dawn (Group Show Invitational), Carmel, California
    • 2017, California Art Club's 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Autry Museum, Los Angeles, California
    • 2016, Carmel Art Association, New Members Show, Carmel, Ca
    • 2016, Oil Painters of America, National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Dallas, Tx
    • 2016, California Art Club's 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Autry Museum, Los Angeles, California
    • 2015, Virtousos of the OPA, Samagundi Club, NYC.
    • 2015, Butler Institute of American Art: Warren Chang: Monterey Now; Youngstown, Ohio.
    • 2014 Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey Now Warren Chang, 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

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    California Art Club
    Oil Painters of America


    2012, Raymar Art Contest, May (Online)
    2010, Western Flier Project, Monterey, California (Art Competition)
    2009, FASO Bold Brush Painting Competition (Online)

    Dealers and 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.

    American Legacy Fine Arts, 949 Linda Vista Avenue, Pasadena, Ca 91103, tel: 626-577-7733, email: info@americanlegacyfinearts.com



    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  farm worker honestly without idealization with an understanding of their plight.  In  a way I see the farm worker as a tragic figure, a metaphor for all humanity.


    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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