BLACK & WHITE IN COLOR
Friday, October 16th — 5:30 to 8:30
Rosemary Warner (b. 1950) is a Chicago based photographic artist whose work stretches the traditional categories of the medium. Having spent decades as a painter, she blends her techniques, often altering her photographs using toners and bleach after they have been carefully montaged together from several negatives. Her work revolves around the human body and is occasionally printed life-size. Every large-scale finished work (always a silver print) is unique; her smaller scale pieces are printed in very limited editions providing for hand manipulation of certain prints.
Warner is largely self-taught as a photographer, first entering a darkroom in 1986. Her photographic influences include Julia Margaret Cameron, Josef Sudek and E.J. Bellocq. Warner first studied fine art at Indiana University in Bloomington (1968-72). In 1973 she moved into a Brooklyn loft and studied painting at the New York Studio School (1974-76) with Mercedes Matter, Esteban Vicente and Andrew Forge, among others. In school Warner’s major influences were the Abstract Expressionist painters.
Warner has gone on to show her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions in New York, and more recently, in Chicago. In the last three years Warner has had a solo exhibition at Chicago’s University Club. She has also exhibited in a group show at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery and at the Schneider Gallery, where her work was paired with that of Luis Gonzalez Palma. Warner’s photographs are in many private collections, and this year her piece Shower with Margeaux was purchased by the prestigious JP Morgan Chase Art Collection.
Rosemary Warner lives and works out of her studio in the near Northwest side of Chicago with her husband Hiro.