Warren Stark

Carlsbad, CA

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Warren has been painting for seventy years. He had his first lessons in oil painting in 1939. Though mostly a self-taught artist, he has studied painting in various classes at schools in St. Petersburg, Florida, Santa Barbara and in San Diego County. He has worked in oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels. His works have been displayed in numerous shows and galleries. Most of his current work is in acrylics depicting landscapes, still life, portraits, geometric and abstract images. His style ranges from traditional to impressionistic. In addition, there is a series of paintings that depict a part of Warren’s life and experiences. These works celebrate a wide variety of subject matter encompassing his service in WWII, The Korean War, Vietnam, Thailand and Lebanon, as well as his travels around the world. More than 100 of his paintings may be found on his web site at www.warrenstark.com. Warren’s paintings reside in approximately fifty private collections. Warren has participated in the “Arts For Healing” program at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. His most recent one-man show at the hospital has been memorialized in the publication “Paintings by Warren Stark” which may be found at www.blurb.com.

His works have been accepted in juried exhibitions in La Jolla, Carlsbad, in Santa Barbara where his work was awarded first prize and in Poway where he received a cash award. Warren’s art has been shown at the Village Gallery in La Jolla, the Off Track Gallery in Encinitas, Birnam Wood Golf Club in Santa Barbara, the Aspen Gallery in Aspen Colorado, the Carlsbad Oceanside Art League, the Four Seasons Resort Aviara, the Performing Arts Center in Poway, and at two One-Man Shows at Scripps Hospital where twenty paintings were sold. Warren has participated in classes teaching drawing and has lectured about his art to groups associated with Brandeis University.
In addition to a career in painting, Warren had an active life in business, in service to the United States, and in community service. He was a Vice-President of GRC International where he spent twenty-four years and started and managed a software division that developed and sold occupational health and environmental information systems to Fortune 500 companies in the US, Canada and Europe from his offices in Santa Barbara, CA, Vienna, VA and London, England. He initiated and conducted due diligence on corporate acquisitions leading to expansive growth for GRC. Prior to joining GRC, Warren spent five years with the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He originated and managed a $100 million program employing a multi-national group of civilian and military personnel in Thailand, Vietnam and Lebanon. Earlier, Warren owned and managed his own companies for ten years, built houses and worked for Empire Millwork Corporation in New York. Warren has been a member of the Community Advisory Board of Scripps Memorial Hospital for ten years and served as its Chairman for over two years.

Warren spent three year in the US Navy during WWII and served on a submarine chaser in the Pacific. He spent another two years during the Korean War where he was the Operations Officer for Destroyer Division 62 on the USS Noa, DD841.

Warren received his BS and BCE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Artist’s Statement

Painting is an emotional experience for me. This applies to both the act of painting and the intended effect upon the observer. When I paint, I am lost in time almost unaware of anything else. I am inspired by the beauty of nature, an event or the hurt of a great loss. A beautiful sunset, reflections in water, the texture of tree bark, images from the cosmos, fishing in a dense fog at sunrise, a facial expression, the crackdown at Tiananmen Square, the death of a loved one all become subjects for paintings. I want those who look at my work to sense the same emotions that inspired me. Though the subject matter and style of my paintings may vary, they are all grounded in the same emotional experience. On occasion, I may not understand the meaning or symbolism of one of my paintings until months or years later when I reflect upon what moved me to execute the work. I paint first for myself and then for any who might appreciate what I do.

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