Warren Isensee - Birth of the Square, 2017 (detail)

Warren Isensee

Geometric abstraction

August 6, 2013

An American artist, Warren Isensee is known for geometric abstraction characterized by a precision, free-hand technique that leaves little to no trace of human interference.

Born in Asheville, NC in 1956, the artist currently lives and works in New York. He studied architecture at the University of Oklahoma before majoring in painting and graphic design. He received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 1999. He was included in the 2007 American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, receiving a Purchase Award. His solo exhibitions include those at venues such as Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Danese/Corey, New York, NY; Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL.

Influenced by Frank Stella and Richard Anuskewicz, Isensee developed a style of geometric paintings with a trace of the optical. His recent works feature wavering forms that divide the canvas into quadrants, creating leftover spaces that the artist fills with almond-shaped and eye-like units, lozenges, boomerangs, and teardrops. These works juxtapose different color sets in a daring way.

Featured image: Warren Isensee - Birth of the Square, 2017 (detail). Oil on canvas. 72 1/8 × 72 1/8 in. 183.2 × 183.2 cm. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery