Warner Friedman

Born in 1935 and raised in New York City, Warner Friedman was the recipient of several awards for his artwork as a child, but started out his adult life as an engineer. After completing a Batchelor’s degree in engineering at Clarkson College in New York, he decided to enroll in art classes at night school at the Pratt Institute, while working as an engineer by day.  Gradually, the attraction to art took hold, and he went on to full-time studies at Cooper Union, which at the time was the only full-scholarship college in the country dedicated solely to art, architecture and engineering.


In the early years, Mr. Friedman experimented with Realism, Modernism and Abstract Expressionism, but over time, his lifelong attraction to mathematic precision led him to the abstract geometric works which he exhibited in New York for 15 years.


Eventually this development evolved towards an unconventional approach to land and seascape painting for which he is known today.  Each of Mr. Friedman’s meticulously detailed natural scenes is framed at the forefront by some architectural structure, such as a window, a door, a fence, a balcony.  As one art critic stated, “one doesn’t look at Warner Friedman’s paintings, one looks through them.”

Each of the solid human constructions provides for a compelling juxtaposition of stable geometric design against wild open spaces, and each imparts a subtly different perspective to the view beyond.      

A door opening to streaming morning light conveys a sense of possibility, while the view from a high balcony is lofty and regal, and the veranda of a coastal balcony is homey and comfortable.  In each work, the sometimes-overlapping architectural forms play with the light source and create beautifully defined shapes, which contrast and at the same time complement the lush natural settings.


Mr. Friedman currently resides in Massachusetts, which provides him with much of the subject matter for his landscapes.  He is represented by the Elaine Baker Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida and the Scott Richards Gallery in San Francisco and has presented his paintings at numerous group and solo exhibits in galleries and museums across the country.  During his 45 year career he has received numerous awards, including a Massachusetts Artist Fellowship, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and the Richard Florsheim Art Fund Grant.


Warner Friedman
Acrylic on canvas, 42" x 80", 1999



Local Galleries

Haddad Lascano Gallery, 297 Main St., Great Barrington, MA - Warner Friedman Page


Ferrin Gallery - Ceramics, Sculpture and Contemporary Art, 69 Church St., Lenox, MA - Warner Friedman Page, including portfolio, bio and resume


New Arts Gallery, Litchfield, CT - Warner Friedman Page


Other Galleries

Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL  - Warner Friedman Page


Palm Beach3 - Contemporary, Photography, Art and Design, Jan. 12 - 15, 2007 and

Palm Beach - America’s International Fine Art and Antique Fair, Feb 2-11, 2007, featuring the works of Warner Friedman


Ro Gallery, New York City - Warner Friedman Page


Virginia Miller Galleries, Miami FL - Warner Friedman Page


5points Gallery - Art Mathematics Science Pattern Process - exhibitions presented by Five Points Gallery in East Chatham, New York, and in the surrounding region of upstate New York, during the years 1987 through 1994



Florida Design Magazine - Magazine for Fine Interior Design and Furnishings - Article by Heather L. Schrekengast - Warner Friedman: Voyeur of Nature