Rebecca Warren RA (born 1965) is a British visual artist and sculptor. She is particularly well known for her works in clay and bronze and for her arranged vitrines. In 2006 Warren was a nominee for the 2006 Turner Prize. The artist currently lives and works in London.
Rebecca Warren was born on 21 March 1965 in Pinhoe, Devon. From 1989-1992 the artist studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths' College, University of London receiving a BA (Hons). She then attained a Masters in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London (1992–93). From 1993-1994 she was an artist-in-residence at the Ruskin School, Oxford University, Oxford.
Until 1997 a large part of Warren's output was produced as a collaboration with artist Fergal Stapleton.
Warren's early sculptures were made primarily using clay. These pieces often depicted the nude female form and tackled themes of sexuality by making reference to other historical works and artists. For instance, Warren's early works have referenced artists as diverse as Robert Crumb, Edgar Degas, and Alberto Giacometti.
In 2006, Warren was nominated for the Turner Prize for her sculptural installations in solo shows at Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, and Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, as well as her work in the Tate Triennial 2006. A representative of the Tate Gallery wrote, "Her works combine a wide range of sources with a strong formal awareness, injecting conventional materials with a sensual physicality to create something wholly new." The other artists nominated in 2006 were Tomma Abts, Mark Itchner, and Phil Collins (artist).
Warren's more recent works have included more sculptures made in metal media such as bronze and steel. In 2009, the artist exhibited her first work in welded steel at her exhibition entitled Feelings. In 2009 the Serpentine Gallery exhibited the first major solo survey of her work. In 2010, The Renaissance Society, in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago, presented Warren's first solo exhibition in an American museum.
Select solo exhibitions
- The Boiler Room, Saatchi Gallery (2003)
- Dark Passage, Kunsthalle Zürich (2004)
- Rebecca Warren, Serpentine Galleries (2009)
- Rebecca Warren, Art Institute of Chicago and the Renaissance Society (2010)
The artist's work can be found in a number of public collections, including:
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