“My expressions are spiritual and atmospheric, psychologically conceptual or opaque abstract. Natural elements of color, texture and movement, are all important aspects in my art. The artist should always employ the elements that excite them.”
Warren was a quiet soul among his elementary classmates. Shy and undoubtedly reserved, imagination and curiosity played incessantly behind his quiet facade. Not one for words, even when warranted, he chooses art as his communication.
To him, there was no greater delight than the sight of Manila paper being passed around the room to each student. This is where Warren spoke. On this modest sheet of paper, all his fascinations and imaginings would come to life. There was Batman and Robin, Spiderman and the Flintstones. There were cowboys and "Indians," and colorful elaborate depictions of war between enemies in the air and sea, and there were many of his own creations. Warren thought his fellow students enjoyed and created with the same enthusiasm and ability as he did. He got his first hint that he was perhaps a bit different when classmates would huddle behind him asking, “How do you make them bend?” By high school, Warren became quite interested in symbols for their strong graphic quality and the information they contained, while being concise. The idea of relating a thought with brevity was an attractive thing to this young, now introspective artist. This led him to study the deeper meanings of symbols in psychology, sociology, astrology, and metaphysics. By the end of his high school stay (and at the advice of his graphic design teacher), Warren knew where his concentration would be as a college student.
Warren Bryant attended the University of Bridgeport's graphic design program in the late 70's, and though he did well in the world of pica rulers, drafting film and ruby lift, he longed to do the freer work that fine art provided. He confesses, “I was a closet fine artist!” For the young artist, Salvador Dali's surrealism was a vivid awakening to the study of the psyche through art, and that study persists today. He grew up admiring the gestural work of Ernie Barnes, and taps Leroy Neiman and an introduction to color aid paper, as strong influences on his love for saturated hues, broken color and texture. Thankfully he has finally made his way to the freedom he has longed for.
Over the years he had done various commissions in portrait and design. Acrylic and mixed medium has been his choice for expression-with an emphasis on non-objective abstract the last several years.
“I cross psychological and sociological interpretation with graphic and literal application, resulting in revaluation, and ideally revelation. The spirit is the true self and what that spirit does in human form is what stimulates me; looking through that humanity to the Source. I attempt to bring forth by two or three dimension that which has been lost or forgotten; ideas and notions to be revaluated by those with ‘with eyes and ears.’ Everything in the universe is a sign. I know all too well the relevance of ALL, and the gravity of symbols in our understanding or over-standing. Whether one can decipher the true meaning of symbols and signs, they direct our lives and inform our level of consciousness. For my zealous use of symbols, calligraphy, line-and the tools that make them I refer to myself as a ‘mark maker.’”
-Warren Bryant, Artist