About the Artist
I was born in the Mississippi Delta in 1958, grew up along the Blues Highway, and became Valedictorian of Rolling Fork High School in 1976. I specialized in sculpture at Mississippi College under dual art and academic scholarships, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1980. My real training, however, began when I became an apprentice at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture in New Jersey. There I studied under the renowned sculptor Andrzej Pitynski, learning first-hand each of the skills required to take a sculpture from maquette to finished bronze monument. My aptitude for sculpting the portrait, capturing likeness and character, and encompassing the emotions and memories of historical events in a single powerful work exemplify my body of work. The experience I acquired in the art foundry environment during my ten years on staff as Head of the Modeling and Enlarging Department at the Johnson Atelier ensures that my work is of the finest technical quality.
For 34 years I have worked full-time as a professional sculptor. In 1992 the National Sculpture Society presented me with the Young Sculptors Award. In 1997 I was elected as a Professional Member of the NSS. In 2012 I became an elected member of the Portrait Sculptors Society of the Americas.
During the course of my career I have created fifty public monuments in nineteen states and Canada. In 2019 the Virginia Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument will be dedicated in Richmond, making Virginia the 20th state where my public work is on view. The monument will include two 12′ bronze figures and 10 relief portraits of Virginia’s heroes of Emancipation and the Civil Rights Movement.
The sculptures which comprise my portfolio range in scale from life-size to monumental. Many are portrait bronzes: from civil rights figures Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth to jazz legend John Coltrane, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Sioux Spiritual Chief Frank Fools Crow and others. These works and many others are on view at my website: www.warrensculpture.com.
I work exclusively by commission, creating public monuments and memorials to historical figures and events. Although I now live on the west coast, I continue to create works each year for the east coast. I am well-versed in choreographing the movement and installation of monumental bronzes cross-country. Without exception my commissions have been delivered on time, within budget and to my clients’ and the public’s complete satisfaction.
Even after conducting open competitions for each commission, former clients return to me for the assured outstanding quality of my work and my ability to work efficiently and harmoniously with all principals involved. For example, over the past twenty years I have created the sculptures for the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial and World War II Memorial after three separate open competitions. Following the success of the John Coltrane Monument in High Point, North Carolina, I was chosen to create the February 11 Monument.
The success of my Justice William Brennan statue in 2010 led to Essex County, New Jersey commissioning me to create nine more bronze portrait figures over the next eight years, including Congressman Donald Payne, Rosa Parks, Governor Brendan Byrne, tennis champion Althea Gibson and MLB Hall of Famer Monte Irvin.
In 2017 I unveiled a 7′ scale bronze of Piedmont Blues guitarist Etta Baker in Morganton and completed an 18′ portrait figure of Kenny Sailors, who invented the jumpshot in basketball, for the University of Wyoming. In 2018 the Battle of Pines Bridge Monument in Yorktown, New York (three 8′ figures), which honors the all-black 1st Rhode Island Regiment of the American Revolution, and a 12′ statue of King Kamehameha III for Honolulu, Hawaii were unveiled.
In 2015 I was recruited to a team of ten of the nation’s top sculptors to design the greatest sculptural realization of the Stations of the Cross ever created. Consisting of over 70 bronze figures and taking three years to complete, the monumental stations are placed on a mile-long path bordering the Platte River in Nebraska, at Cloisters on the Platte, the Ignatian retreat created by TDAmeritrade founder Joe Ricketts.