Jeff Warren- Oil
Jeff developed a love for all the Arts in early childhood and that passion has continued throughout his life. Drawing and painting have been a lifelong adventure.
The first phase of his professional career was spent as an actor/singer, director and set designer. He appeared on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof, later touring with the National Company. He also appeared in the leading role in the long-running off-Broadway production of The Drunkard. His many stage credits include Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha and El Gallo in the Fantasticks. He spent four years with the Hedgerow Repertory Theatre in Philadelphia as the resident leading man and set designer and was a member of the company at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. Among his film credits are his English dubbing of the leading male role in Ingmar Bergman’s epic 5 ½ hour film, Fanny and Alexander.
After 25 years in theatre, Jeff joined the Theatre Arts faculty at a prestigious private school in Los Angeles where he taught Advanced Acting and Technical Theatre. He directed and designed over 75 productions in his quarter-century there as a Drama/Stagecraft teacher. Jeff recalls: “What a gig it was! Imagine 25 years of making Art with kids all day!”
In 2011, Jeff retired to the East Mountains and has taken up painting full-time. He owned and operated the gallery Warren Fine Art & Collectibles in Old Town.
He is often asked in what style he paints. He responds: “Well, I think I employ a number of approaches, but I suppose if pressed to describe my work, I would say Romantic Realism. I lean toward the fanciful and the dramatic, a result I am sure of my theatrical experience and aesthetic. In all my art I try to embrace the ‘larger than life.’ Having the time and opportunity to develop and express my ideas is the dream of a lifetime!”
Jeff has recently published a book of his poems: We Danced a Tango Red, Poems of Love, Loss and Laughter.