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Mr. Imagination (Self-Portrait)

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Mr. Imagination, 1948-
Mixed media on cardboard. Various types of paint, nails, cardboard, paper, foil, sand, glitter, varnish
Mostly known for his sculptures, this work highlights Warmack's painting ability.
Reminiscent of Jackson Pollock's signature style, Self-Portrait is a mixed media painting that depicts Warmack as a king and crucified Christ. Fixated in the center portion of the panel is a photo of Warmack bordered by nails, alluding to those used in the Crucifixion. The photograph is positioned directly below a "Third Eye," an Egyptian symbol Warmack uses in several of his other works. Using immense symbolism the artist addresses his African Ancestry, a near death experience, and his overall spiritually.
Known as Mr. Imagination, he was born Gregory Warmack in 1948. Raised in Chicago by a large religious family many of his earliest commissions came from his church. As a child he made earrings, decorative pins, woodcarvings, and hats that he sold on the street. In 1978, Warmack had a near death experience where he was shot at point blank range while being mugged. He claims to have had an out of body experience that sent him back in time to observe ancient civilizations. This episode encouraged him to make a lifelong commitment to creating regenerative art that heals. Warmack began referring to himself as "Mr. Imagination" around 1980 to highlight his charismatic artistic alter ego. His work explores self-identity, immortality, and pride in Black culture. With no formal training his signature use of sandstone and elaborate bottle cap creations have ushered Warmack into international success.
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