Warren Isensee (b. 1956 in Asheville, NC), studied architecture at the University of Oklahoma before majoring in painting and graphic design. In 1999, he received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and, in 2007, received the Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters after participating in the annual Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts.
His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Danese/Corey, New York, NY; Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL; Massimo Audiello, New York, NY; Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Pamela Salisbury Gallery, Hudson, NY; and Tricia Collins Contemporary Art, New York, NY.
Isensee has been included in group exhibitions at institutions including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY; Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, KS; and The National Arts Club, New York, NY.
His work may be found in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Neuberger Berman Collection, New York, NY; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; and The Penn Art Collection, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, among others.
The artist lives and works in New York, NY.
Miles McEnery Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of works by gallery artists at the 2023 edition of EXPO CHICAGO.
David Ambrose reviews Warren Isensee's current exhibition for Whitehot Magazine.
Jerry Saltz reviews Warren Isensee's current exhibition for Vulture in New York Magazine.
Warren Isensee is featured as one of Artnet's February "5 Intriguing Artists."
Warren Isensee's current exhibition is reviewed by Eli Anapur in Widewalls.
Warren Isensee’s Breakthrough
"Isensee has gone from being a dutiful geometric abstractionist to defining his own trajectory, and gaining a verifiable freedom for himself."
Figurative and Abstract Paintings Brighten NY Galleries
"After being idled for several months during the initial outbreak of the pandemic in New York, the city’s galleries, which are usually closed or merely offering group shows in the month of August, have a fine selection of one-person presentations taking place. With the dwindling likelihood of art fairs coming back to the Big Apple anytime too soon and the city’s museums still under lockdown, its galleries offer the best place to physically see art.
In this round-up of five standout solo shows, we discover three young female figurative painters—Grace Weaver, Rute Merk, and Sojourner Truth Parsons—that every art lover should have on their radar and two seasoned abstractionists—KATSU and Warren Isensee—working in solely original styles."
Four Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now: Warren Isensee
Over the past two or three years,Warren Isensee’s abstract paintings, while always good, have taken a sharp turn for the better. For nearly a decade Mr. Isensee, who has been exhibiting since 1998, cultivated a distinctive geometry of parallel lines whose softened edges and pulsing color contrasts conjured the tubular glow of neon, compartmentalizing them into squares and rectangles with black outlines.
NEW YORK – MILES McENERY GALLERY is pleased to announce its representation of Warren Isensee.
Warren Isensee’s Geometric Abstractionist paintings celebrate a precision of line and juxtaposition of color. Isensee paints every line freehand, inserting his personal touch into hard-edge paintings. At first glance, the paintings lack any sign of his hand, but with a closer look, imperfect edges reveal themselves and breathe life into his compositions.