Guy Warren, Making a mark

In April, artist Guy Warren reached a centenarian milestone, celebrating his 100th birthday; and to mark the occasion and honour a lifetime of creativity, the National Art School (NAS) in Sydney presents an exhibition of 100 drawings by the esteemed artist and NAS alumnus and fellow. Curated by Deborah Beck, ‘From the Mountain to the Sky: Guy Warren Drawings’ covers the length and breadth of the artist’s career, from sketching fellow soldiers in the jungles of Papua New Guinea to creating a vast, ephemeral artwork in the sky over Sydney, on show until 22 May in the new Drawing Gallery.

‘I still find it fascinating to have a sheet of paper in front of me and put a mark on it,’ says Warren, who has been making art for 85 years and continues to contribute to visual culture in Australia today.

Guy Warren, Icarus and the Mountain, 1995, ink and acrylic on canvas, 299 × 204cm. Photograph: Peter Morgan. Courtesy the artist and NAS Drawing Gallery, Sydney

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