Famous, inspirational Grammy Award winning pop fantasy artist/painter Jim Warren is celebrating his 50th year of turning heads. Half a century creating ear to ear smiles as one of the best, most versatile, successful and recognizable artists in the world. His paintings are so creative and surreal they can make even the most sinister Ebenezer Scrooge crack a smile and remember back to the good ol days of light, life and love!
As an official Disney fine artist, he is widely known as one of the most famous and successful artists alive today. Jim is traditional in the sense that he uses oils on canvas, but he is far from conventional. Jim Warren is special in the fact that he does not conform, he creates what he feels . The whimsically surreal and amazingly unique creations he paints have inspired artists from around the world.
This is one of his more popular works. It is his fourth rendition of one of his most famous pieces: All Dogs Go To Heaven!
His creativity and imagination is something on a whole new level. Take a million eight year olds, consolidate their colorful minds and out comes Jim Warren’s paintings. He has painted everyone and everything from Mickie and Minnie Mouse and crew, Marilyn Monroe, The Beach Boys, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Jim Morrison and The Doors, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones to fantasy pop art of majestic mountains, oceans, lakes and ponds with beautiful creatures evolving directly out of the canvas. Sometimes in three dimensions. He also experiments with blank spots and the artist or the artist’s hand coming right out of the back of the canvas. Prepare to be mesmerized by Jim’s advanced talent and creativity!
Check out his new book on sale now! Jim Warren An American Original
Jim Warren was courteous enough to sit down with me for a second time and answer some questions about what is going on in his life now and what is next for this exquisite painter.
Josh Leidolf: What has inspired you, other than your son, to start to paint abstracts?
Jim Warren: Since I started painting 50 years ago in high school I have always tried different subjects, from fantasy to horror to illustrations to fine art which keeps it interesting, but also I now know that really it’s time for different techniques, and abstract, mixed with some of my traditional realism gives me a fresh new start on something I am excited about creatively.
Josh Leidolf: I have seen them and they are very beautiful. Are they as popular as your previous fine pop art and how are they selling comparably?
Jim Warren: Yes, they do sell as well or if not better than my more realistic style, but more importantly it has reached a whole new audience, similar to how David Bowie and Bob Dylan appealed to different audiences as they changed their music styles. They also work very well in my Disney fine art paintings which tend to be more whimsical themes than my non Disney art.
Josh Leidolf: This year marks your 50th anniversary as an artist. You have many accomplishments, fans and distinguished honors. Is there anything that you wish you could go back and do differently?
Jim Warren: I am not sure I would do things differently as I followed my instincts and was willing to take chances and not sure one can do more than that, right or wrong, win or lose.
Josh Leidolf: Congratulations by the way on your half a century of making people happy with your art. What do you foresee, other than abstracts, the future holding for you?
Jim Warren: I keep the future open, I never know what I might do next, I try to surprise myself although I am starting to experiment with 3D objects into my art, something that works with abstract, not so much my realism so if I get the urge to throw some strange objects onto my paintings I may just do that, if it has some relevance to the theme.
Josh Leidolf: Do you feel you will one day be the Picasso, Van Gogh, Rembrandt or Monet of our time?
Jim Warren: That was my purpose when I started in 1966. Before I knew if I was going to or was capable of being good, I decided why do something half way? Be as big as Warhol, Dali, Rockwell or Monet which were some of my favorites.
Josh Leidolf: I find it very interesting how you work with other artists like Wyland and Godard on individual pieces. How do you feel about working with others on individual pieces and do you see yourself working with other artists in the future?
Jim Warren: It’s fun and different to work with another artist like Wyland starting in 1992 and Godard around 2010. It only works with certain artists in combination so I think about others I might want to work with in the future.
Josh Leidolf: I am told that as a man ages his priorities in life change. How would you say that your priorities are changing as you are becoming a more experienced veteran artist?
Jim Warren: It is still my focus in my personal life and still a major priority to balance career with family and friends and personal. “Do what you want” time.
Josh Leidolf: I love that you have been painting the doors from the childhood home of Jim Morrison (The Doors). That is such an interesting concept. What other similar ideas have you been approached with?
Jim Warren: In high school I started by often painting friends guitars or vans (it was the 60s) or other objects and later projects for the city’s beautification projects where I painted giant plastics turtles and dolphins, so I keep my mind open for anything that is culturally significant like the doors from the house that Jim Morrison grew up in.
Josh Leidolf: Are you training any family members or friends to become the next Jim Warren and make the world as happy as you have made it?
Jim Warren: My son Arte and Daughter Drew have drawn in the past but have wanted more to be in “business” as they have said, so they have modeled in my paintings, art directed and advised and help meet and greet with fans an collectors when they have the chance.
Josh Leidolf: I know that some artists paint for environmental activism and political agendas. What would you say your main drive is? Besides the feeling of happiness through fantasy pop art, what message are you trying to convey? By the way I love the piece where the guy is sweeping the trash underneath the ocean water. I think it conveys a strong message.
Jim Warren: I try to do what art did for me in school with my favorite artists which is to inspire, entertain and show what is possible with artistic ideas rather than what to me was a very boring and uncreative school and career choice agenda while in high school.
Josh Leidolf: If there is any one project in the world that you would like to work on what would it be?
Jim Warren: Anything where the art I do has a chance to be seen broadly, maybe the side of the Empire State building for example, with bright lights lighting it up 24 hours a day as a tourist attraction. I might pursue that.
In regards to this new Donald Trump piece, Jim says, “Ever since the beginning of my career I have often painted people and events that have changed pop culture in some way or another whether it be religion, music, politics or the iconic movie stars and TV stars of the times.” Jim says, “When it comes to someone like Jim Morrison or Donald Trump, who can be viewed in a negative way over drugs or ethics, I do not endorse or condemn anyone really. I am just making a statement as to what is happening in the world of pop culture.”
As you can see, Jim Warren, is a special breed of person put on this earth to bring us together and make us smile through his vibrant personality and imagination and of course through his magnificent fine art!
To start your collection today you can visit one of the many galleries that Jim’s work is exhibited in or you can check out his website at:
Jim’s work is also displayed at many of the Wyland galleries around the world that can be found here:
Enjoy the Surrealism,
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