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Lived/Active: California      Known for: field worker genre, figure and interior view painting, teaching, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born 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.  For two decades, he was an illustrator in both California and New York, and then he transitioned to a career as a fine artist starting in the year 2000.

Since that time, Chang has earned awards and honors including induction as Master Signature member of the Oil Painters of America, one of only 50 to receive this honor in the OPA, the largest organization of oil painters in the United States. His awards also include Best of Show 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 a teacher, currently affiliated with San Francisco’s Academy of Art University.

His work can be categorized into two main categories: biographical interiors and paintings of fieldworkers. His interest in interiors reaches back to 16th-century artist Johannes Vermeer, and includes subjects of self portraits, family, friends and students in the interior environments of his studio, classroom and home. Chang's intent is to create mood and emotion through his manipulation of light, 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's depiction of un-idealized 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.

Written and submitted by the artist, April 2012


Biography from Hauk Fine Arts:
California-born Warren Chang graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1981 and has had a twenty-year career as a freelance illustrator.  Since 1990 he has had more than 200 paintings published as book covers.  His work has won awards from the Society of Illustrators of New York and Communication Arts Magazine.

Since 2001 he has devoted himself to the fine arts and currently teaches drawing and painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  His work has been featured in American Artist and International Artist magazines.  He was awarded Best of Show at the Salon International 2003 held at the Greenhouse Gallery in Texas.  This year he was awarded 2nd Prize Winner in the International Artist Magazine Favorite Subjects competition.

Primarily a figurative artist, Chang paints the figure in contemporary environments whether interiors of his studio and classroom or outdoor genre paintings of the fieldworkers of Monterey County where he grew up.

Additional Periodical references:
California Art Club Newsletter. Spring 2009. "An Interview with Warren Chang on Eastman Johnson" (1824-1906) by Miriam Noske (Pages: 12-13, 15)

Carmel Magazine 2009 Holiday (December) "Reflecting Real Life" by Kathryn McKenzie Nichols. 4 page article (not numbered).

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