Warren Brandt


Warren Brandt was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1918. After high school, Brandt moved to New York City and attended Pratt Institute at night. He also studied with Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Students League. Brandt served as an official portraitist for five years under the Army during World War II. After the war, he attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on the GI Bill where he was a student of Phillip Guston and Max Beckman. Brandt kept close ties with the Abstract Expressionists in New York City during this time which influenced his work.

During the 1950s and 60s, Brandt worked and taught at Salem College, Pratt Institute, Guilford College in North Carolina, University of Mississippi, Southern Illinois University, School of Visual Art, New York City, and the New York Studio School. Brandt moved back to New York in 1960, shifted his work, and developed a Matissesque style in nudes, still lifes, and scenes from his studio. Brandt has works in the collections of the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, the National Academy of Design, the Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, and the Met in addition to a retrospective that traveled to museums in North Carolina, Florida, and Long Island. Warren Brandt died May 5, 2002 at the age of 84.

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Warren Brandt’s work was exhibited in

Book Makers
Center for Book Arts first five years

  • Nudes
    (1979) 14 x 12 x 1 1/2 inches. Drawings, paintings, photographs in linen binding by Susan Share. (Binding 1979).
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