Jim Warren's Surreal Fantasy
Thursday, August 11, 2022

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Awesome beauty aside, "Sexual Explosion" has finally secured its place in Modern Contemporary Art History along with the other world-famous nudes of Picasso, Dali and Modigliani. Jim Warren's "Sexual Explosion" phenomena has influenced a whole new generation of surreal artists portraying the nude image. Because of "Sexual Explosion's" daring visuals and sensuous seduction and its liberating mystical imagery, the Warren masterpiece has achieved international respect and praise at last. 


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In spite of the fact that the controversial painting was once banned from public exhibition for being "obscene and sexually explicit," has never been viewed in public, has never been published with limited edition art prints, and has been veiled in mystery and secretly sequestered in an unknown private art collection for decades --- it has nevertheless submmited to its destined glory.



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In 1981, Jim Warren's work came to national attention when his cover illustration for Bob Seger's Against the Wind won Capitol Records' Art Director Roy Kohara a Grammy Award for Best Album Package. "Against the Wind" is a song by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band from the 1980 album Against the Wind. "Against the Wind" was the highest ranking single from the album, coming in at #5.  Listen to the lyrics in the Youtube video below. 


    According to Timothy White, a writer for Rolling Stone, "'Against the Wind' is about trying to move ahead, keeping your sanity and integrity at the same time."



    Warren's 1990 painting "Earth, Love It or Lose It" (seen above) was featured on posters, magazines, billboards, and T-shirts; and became an iconic visual representation of the global environmental movement. The early 90s were a time for environmental awareness. Originally, the painting was named oops and featured a little girl standing on an image of the world that was also a balloon. The balloon had opened at the tie and looked to be whisking across the sky. The little girl was Jim's niece Cristin and had been painted from a photo he had taken when she was about 2-years old looking at a bug. This was made into a poster and became the 1990 Earth Day poster for the State of Nevada.




    The Warren/Disney collaboration paintings were released as fine art prints in 2004. Warren's 2009 collaboration with artist Michael Godard combined Warren's horses and romance themes with Godard's mischievous olive people. Warren's portrait painting work includes Juliette Lewis, marine life artist Wyland, and Michael Parnell (CEO of Oakley, Inc.), among others. His portrait of John Stamos was unveiled at the Fame-Wall NYC in 2009; his portraits of Kristen Chenoweth and Sean Hayes (both in Promises, Promises on Broadway) was unveiled at the Fame-Wall NYC in 2010. Warren's portraits of The Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary was unveiled at the Fame-Wall, Hollywood, California, on September 23, 2010.



    Jim Warren was born in Long Beach, California to Don and Betty Warren, and began painting as a child. His choice of an artistic career path was made in high school.  Warren maintains two art studios studios: one in Clearwater, Florida, and the other in Portland, Oregon.