Encaustic and oil painting
Although Graceann Warn’s academic background is in urban design and classical archaeology, she decided to take a leap of faith in 1985 to become a full time artist. She started out as an oil painter but throughout the 1990’s became best known for her assemblages. In 2000, a 16 month long commission to design sets for a major opera production led to a shift in medium and scale in her studio work. Since that time she has primarily been painting on wood panels using oils and encaustic. The present work reflects the structural logic of her architectural beginnings as well as her abiding interest in archaeology and science. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the collections of Yale University, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY, US Embassies in Nairobi, Sarajevo and Nepal, Pew Charitable Trusts and many others.