Ali Warren | The Nature of Life

PRESS RELEASE | Visit the exhibition online with Artsy – The Nature of Life – or as a featured artist for PRPG.mx show as part of the Zona Maco – Semana de Arte – international art fair week – imPosible – in Mexico City, Mexico from April 24th to June 5th, 2021, and online with Artsy.net April 24th to June 24th, 2021.

The Nature of Life explores the relationship of the artist to her subject as the people closest to her become the focus of her paintings. Ali Warren explores her subjects to create a seductive and sentimental world reminiscent of a younger Lucian Freud and marks Jenny Saville and Alice Neal as her inspirations. “Painting figures, particularly my daughters and their friends, allow me to capture the fleeting nature of life. By the time I have finished a painting of my kids, their bodies have inevitably changed. My paintings of cityscapes are a break from the flowing nature of the flesh.” Warren balances the order of her landscapes with the fleshy and emotional portraits of her subjects. She is an outsider artist whose discipline and passion have driven her to discover painting as a refuge and celebration of the nature of life itself.

Ali Warren is a current artist in residency with PRPG.mx living and working in the Lake Tahoe region of California. She produced some of the work included in the show as part of the residency Art Lab Project with a concurrent group exhibition presented on Artsy.net along with participation in PRPG.mx’s inclusion in Zona Maco. Zona Maco 2021 is part of the International Art Fair week in Mexico City, Mexico from April 27th – May 2nd 2021. You can visit PRPG.mx in the heart of CDMX’s cultural district Colonia Juarez or view the entire exhibit on Arty.net.

The Nanny – 2021 – Produced as part of PRPG.mx’s Art Lab Project

ARTIST’S STATEMENT | My oil paintings evolve from a distinct process that begins with my models. It is the people closest to me that inevitably become my subjects. I use photography to capture the pose, light, emotion, clothes, or nudity of my participants. A variety of photo references leads to composition rendered through drawings. As I apply paint to canvas, I attempt to untether myself from my photos. I trust the paint to move me into emotional depth. Naturally seduced by beauty, I find a less sentimental representation much more satisfying. I’m inspired by the realism and naturalism pioneered by the Flemish painters of the 15th century. But I utilize distortion, a method used by the modern figure artists Jenny Saville and Alice Neal, to depict grit within the soul of the figure. Painting figures, particularly my daughters and their friends, allow me to capture the fleeting nature of life. By the time I have finished a painting of my kids, their bodies have inevitably changed. My paintings of cityscapes are a break from the flowing nature of the flesh. The obsessive detail and linear nature of buildings appeal to the more architectural part of my brain. Each painting completed is less a success and more of a road map to mistakes unearthed. Yet it is the dichotomy of self-critique and self-acceptance that keeps me infinitely interested in the work of painting.

ARTIST’S BIO | UC Santa Cruz undergraduate study, 1993-1995 Prescott College graduate, 1996-1998: Bachelor’s Degree Sacramento State University, 2014-2016: Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Black Cat Gallery in Culver City, CA in 2005 Show: “Transference.” Six pieces were sold. Halden Art Gallery, Lake Tahoe CA in 2006 Solo show: “Ode to Ghent” and two, large figure paintings.