Warner Friedman’s pristinely painted compositions are both physically and visually engaging. Using meticulously rendered architectural structures to frame his striking vistas of crisp New England landscapes, the artist directs the viewer’s gaze through windows, doorways, railings and a portico. Each painting stunningly transcends the inherent two-dimensionality of stretched canvas. The resulting trompe l’oeil effect is enhanced by shadows created by light streaming in from the outdoors as well as the angular shapes of many of his canvases. An underlying love of wood and mathematical precision belies his background as an engineer and is clearly visible in works such as Water Water where even the bolts/nail heads joining the wood segments of the fence are painstakingly accurate.
Warner Friedman is the recipient of numerous awards including: the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship, the Pollock-Krasner Foundations Grant, and the Richard Florsheim Art Fund Grant. His paintings are represented in the collections of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum, Albright College Museum of Art, and numerous private and corporate collections.