Fan Lee Warren
Shifting Messages


DATES: February 1 - May 10, 2020

RECEPTION: February 7, 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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Fan Lee Warren’s work explores various perceptions of black American culture, and its reflected historical construct.  Figures are arranged within layered fragments of historical memories and events, composed into visual narratives always questioning societal views. Her work depicts information simultaneously from the past and present. To convey time and tension, Warren stresses the surface of the paper using fire, earth and herbs.  Images are then drawn, printed and painted with acrylics, watercolor, ink, pastels, charcoal, and pigments. They are displayed in antiqued colonial frames. The universal ancient spiral provides the transformative symbolism that connects her current and past work with her ancestral memories. Each loop of the spiral brings one back to the same place, in timeless movement and flow.

Fan Lee has been exhibiting her works on paper, sculptures, and installations for over three decades.  In addition, she has taught studio art and art history in a multitude of settings.  Currently, Warren teaches drawing, painting, Afro-American art history and is the chair of Laney College Art department.  Her work is in several private and public collections such as the New Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago and the Alameda County Art Commission.  Warren has received various grants, awards and art commissions including a Western States Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Regional Fellowship for Visual Artist.  American Vision, The New Art Examiner, ArtWeek, and The International Review of African American Art have reviewed her work.  Her work has been featured in publications and catalogs such as Alameda Arts Commission Public Art Program, A Contemporary History, and Gumbo Ya Ya Anthology of Contemporary African American Women Artist.