Stories grow. This one started on the TV show “Pawn Stars” on the September 8th, 2014 episode of the show. A man brings in a door with Jim Morrison’s portrait on it and asks for $100,000, but the expert Rick Harrison brings in appraises it at between $40,000-$50,000 and the man ends up keeping it and leaving the store with it. And that would have been where the story ends, but it doesn’t; there’s the story of the door itself and the artist that painted it, Jim Warren.
(All paintings in this article are courtesy Jim Warren.)
That’s where the story becomes about art, Jim Warren’s art in particular. Warren is a Florida artist with many different influences including surrealism in the art of Salvador Dali, natural landscapes, portraiture, and rock ‘n’ roll. Warren’s art has been seen by rock ‘n’ roll fans since 1981 when he did the album cover for Bob Seger’s breakthrough album “Against the Wind” (for which Warren won a Grammy). Since then Warren has done album covers for Alice Cooper and Prince. But Warren’s main interest has always been fine art and bringing out his vision of the world.
In viewing Warren’s work one instantly sees the influence of Dali in the calves of a woman’s legs, water that seems to rip through the fabric of reality; a favorite theme of Warren’s, this is a motif that appears in Warren’s work with many different variations. Jim Morrison may appreciate Warren’s interest in surrealism but Warren’s vision is much brighter and more optimistic than Morrison’s artistic vision. Warren’s paintings are filled with whimsical images, romantic explorations of the vision of iconic artists, such as the Jim Morrison door or the painting “Charlie Chaplin Dreams in Technicolor.” Splashes of color come out of nowhere, catching your attention and drawing your eye to where Warren wants you to look but keeping very much in the context of the painting.
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Originally published September 13, 2014.