King Street Gallery on William

Guy Warren AM OAM 1921-2024

Guy Warren’s career encompasses over 80 years of consistently exhibiting across Australia, including several major retrospectives. Amongst other sources, his work has been strongly influenced by American abstract expressionism, in both literal and neo-expressionist styles. His works frequently contain images of the human figure and its relationship to landscape, and often refer to the rainforest at Jamberoo, south of Sydney.

Warren was born in 1921 in the regional NSW city of Goulburn. At the age of 15 he was an evening student at the J.S.Watkins Art School in Sydney but at 21 enlisted in the army to serve in New Guinea. After the war, Guy studied at the National Art School in Sydney under the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Training Scheme before travelling with his wife to London, where he remained for eight years working, studying, visiting major art galleries and painting. He studied part-time at the Chelsea School of Art, the London School of Art and the Central School of Arts and Crafts.

Winning the Flotta Lauro Travelling Art Scholarship in 1967 took him back to London, and a grant from the British Council allowed him to investigate art and architecture schools in the UK and USA. On his return to Australia, he taught briefly at the Department of Industrial Design at the University of New South Wales; lectured at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney; and became the inaugural director of the University’s Tin Sheds. In 1976 Warren was appointed principal lecturer and head of painting at the new Sydney College of the Arts. From 1992 to 2002 he was the Director of the University of Wollongong Art Collection.

Among many other prizes, Guy was the recipient of the AGNSW Trustees’ Watercolour Award (Wynne Prize Exhibition) in 1980, the Archibald Prize for portraiture in 1985 and the Bronze Medal at the 4th International Triennale of Drawing in Poland in 1988. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1999, and then the Australia Medal (AM) in 2013 for his contribution to the Arts. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong and an Honorary Doctorate of Visual Arts from the University of Sydney.

In 1994 Guy carried out a sky drawing at 14,000 feet over Sydney Harbour using an image which frequently appears in his paintings and drawings, based on the Icarus legend. This was later repeated over Armidale and Bondi.

In February 2024, The Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum will exhibit a never before seen collection of drawings and photographs taken and drawn by Guy Warren during his military service in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, during WW2. These works will then travel to the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney until October 2024.

Guy’s works are represented internationally as well as in the collections of the National Gallery, Canberra, the Australian War Museum, Canberra, every Australian state art gallery, the British Museum and the Contemporary Art Society Collection, London, the National Library, Beijing, China, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, the United Overseas Bank, Singapore, the Westpac Collection, New York, and the Deal Collection, Dallas, USA. Examples of his work are also in the collections of most Australian regional art galleries.

King Street Gallery has represented Guy Warren since 2017. Guy lived and worked in Sydney.


Latest News


Like an Old Movie: Guy Warren at 102

Cinematographer: Michael Bradfield Sound technician: Keith Music: Jonathan Holowell 2023

Artist Guy Warren is busier than ever at 100 years of age, ABC TV & iview

'From the Mountain to the Sky': An Interview with artist Guy Warren 2021

On Friday 16 April 2021, the National Art School was proud to launch its new Drawing Gallery with an exhibition of works by NAS Alumnus, Fellow and esteemed artist, Guy Warren AM.

Artist Guy Warren talks with Maria Stoljar in his studio 2021

Maria Stoljar interviewed artist Guy Warren in his Sydney studio for episode 107 of the Talking with Painters podcast.

In Conversation with Ham Darroch and Guy Warren: FLOWLINE, CMAG

Canberra Museum and Art Gallery hosts exhibition FLOWLINE, the visual history of the development of Abstraction in modern Australia.

Guy Warren interview with Richard Morecroft April 2020

Guy Warren in Conversation with Peter Pinson

An excerpt of an interview with Australian artist, Guy Warren. For the full interview, go to the Cultural Conversations web site,

Guy Warren interviewed by Richard Morecroft at the Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery 2018

Richard Morecroft interviews Guy Warren on his exhibition 'River Rainforest Rock' at the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra.

Guy Warren on "Flugelman with Wingman" 2017

Interview from 17 May 2017 for the Bert Flugelman 'Wry ARTificer' exhibition. Panizzi Gallery, UOW Library. Building 16, Northfields Ave, Wollongong

Guy Warren's interview on Lloyd Rees 2016

Sydney artist Guy Warren was a longtime friend and colleague of artist Lloyd Rees. Hear his memories and insights into one of Sydney’s most beloved artists. Filmed as part of the exhibition Lloyd Rees: Painting with Pencil 1930-36, held at the Museum of Sydney 12 December 2015 – 10 April 2016.

Guy Warren AM - Painter and printmaker 2016

Acclaimed painter and printmaker Guy Warren AM believes that creativity is in everyone – it’s just a matter of thinking outside the box and trying something different. Honorary Doctor of Creative Arts, UOW 1998

Scott Bevan speaks with Guy Warren 2011

Australian artist Guy Warren talks about turning 90 and how his World War II service in PNG led to a meeting with David Attenborough.

Portrait of Guy Warren 2016

ABC Earshot GUESTS Guy Warren Artist, Sydney; John McDonald Art Critic, Sydney Morning Herald Sydney; Deborah Hart Senior Curator, National Gallery of Australia Canberra; Barry Pearce Curator, Guy Warren's exhibition at S.H. Ervin Gallery, 'Genesis of a Painter' Sydney

Guy Warren Part 2: Archibald Portrait Prize winner... 🎨 and so much more.

Guy Warren Part 1: The Making of an Australian Artist

Solo Exhibitions [selected]

Drawings from Bougainville, Rocky Hill War Memorial & Museum, Goulburn, NSW
Drawings from Bougainville, ANZAC Memorial Hyde Park, Sydney

Guy Warren at 102 King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

101 King Street Gallery on William

The 100th year King Street Gallery on William
From The Mountain To The Sky: Guy Warren Drawings National Art School, Sydney
Paintings and Paper Gallery Lane Cove and Creative Studios, Sydney

New work + King Street Gallery on William

Forward & back King Street Gallery on William

River, Rock, Rainforest Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra, NSW
Works on paper from the artist’s studio King Street Gallery on William

Genesis of a painter: Guy warren at 95 National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

Dust of Memory Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney

Work from the Dry Country Rex Irwin Galleries, Sydney

Rex Irwin Galleries

BMG Galleries, Adelaide, SA
United Galleries, Perth, WA

Annandale Galleries, Sydney
BMG Galleries

Annandale Galleries

Axia Modern Art, Melbourne

Australia Art Resources, Sydney
Solander Galleries, ACT

Annandale Galleries
Axia Modern Art

Presence and Landscape – Guy Warren in Retrospect: Retrospective exhibition covering 60 years of art practice (A Mosman Art Gallery exhibition touring 6 regional art galleries, NSW)

University of Wollongong – Retrospective exhibition of watercolours

A Painters Journey, Retrospective exhibition, Cairns Regional Art Gallery, Qld

Annandale Galleries
Solander Galleries.

Annandale Galleries

Warren carried out a series of ‘sky drawings’ above Sydney Harbour, using an aeroplane (Cessna 183), cloudless sky, vapour, sun and wind, at 14,000 ft.
Repeated above Armidale Regional Gallery and in 2005, above the Ocean at Bondi NSW

Solander Galleries

BMG Fine Arts, Adelaide
Von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle

Macquarie Galleries, Sydney.

Person, Place and Process – A survey of the work of Guy Warren, a travelling exhibition to six major regional galleries, NSW.

Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, NSW
Macquarie Galleries

Macquarie Galleries

Macquarie Galleries

Quentin Galleries, Perth, WA

Stuart Gerstmann Galleries, Melbourne
Recent Works from New York, Gallery A, Sydney

Gallery A

Von Bertouch Galleries

Gallery A. (2 exhibitions)

Guy Warren – Survey, 1955-77; Newcastle Regional Art Gallery; Paddington Town Hall Art Centre, Sydney

Bonython Galleries, Sydney; Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne; Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide

Skinner Galleries, Perth, WA
Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane, Qld

Bonython Galleries
Llewellyn Gallery, Adelaide

Skinner Galleries
Johnstone Gallery, Brisbane
Macquarie Galleries, ACT

Skinner Galleries

De Marco Galleries, Edinburgh, UK
South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

Gallery A

White Studio Galleries, Adelaide
Skinner Galleries
Macquarie Galleries

Macquarie Galleries
Von Bertouch Galleries

Von Bertouch Galleries

Blaxland Galleries, Sydney, NSW1959
Obelisk Gallery, London, UK.

Group Exhibitions [selected]

Shifting Ground, Landscapes from the Collection Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong, NSW
Art Collection Up Close Pine Rivers Art Gallery, City of Moreton Bay, QLD

The Window Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW

The Big Picture Show King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW
Hills and Wings Wollongong University Art Gallery, NSW

Flowline, Canberra Museum & Art Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Salon des Refuses, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney

Conversations with Alice Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios, Sydney

The Art of Friendship Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
Jamberoo Mountain Road Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra, NSW

Luminous – Australian Watercolours 1900-2000 National Gallery of Victoria

Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne

Across the Water
China-Australia Modern Masters of Watercolour, Quanhua, China
Shenzhen Fine Art Museum, Shenzhen, China; Juniper Hall, Sydney

Not the Way Home – 13 Artists Paint the Desert New England Regional Art Museum, NSW & S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Stella Downer Gallery, Sydney
Buratti Fine Art, Perth, WA

Tradition and Transformation: Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition, Taichung, China; Mosman Art Gallery

Taiwan International Watercolour Exhibition, Robeson Gallery, Pennsylvania
Carolton Cultural Art Centre, Georgia, USA
Chung-shan National Art Gallery, Taipei

An approach to the Landscape (Francella, Murphy and Warren, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne, Vic

Wattle, Rose and Thistle: The Finest Water-colourists of Australia England and Scotland, At the Wollongong Regional Art Gallery, Sydney NSW; Wagner gallery, Sydney, NSW; Bankside Gallery, London, UK

Australian Masters Solander Galleries, ACT

Heads Rex Irwin Galleries, Sydney, NSW

Important Drawings Prints and Ceramics
 Rex Irwin Galleries.

Lines of Fire: Armed Forces to Art School National Art School, Sydney (NAS), NSW

Moist – Australian Watercolours ANG, Canberra; Important Works on Paper and Sculpture, Rex Irwin Gallery

Beneath the Monsoon Artspace, Mackay, Qld, also featured in a number of other regional galleries in Queensland

Australian Watercolour Institute Mosman regional Gallery, Sydney.

Australian Masters Solander Galleries; A Century of Collecting 1901-2001, Dougherty Gallery, Sydney and toured regionally within NSW; The Studio Tradition, Manly Regional Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney; An Approach to the Landscape, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne, Vic

Twenty-Six Important Painters, Solander Galleries, Canberra; Annandale Galleries

Australian Paper Art Awards, Interstate touring exhibition

Icarus A travelling exhibition around ten regional art galleries within three States of Australia

Silver, 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, UNSW, Sydney

Out of Australia Australian Contemporary Painting, Shanghai/Hong Kong.

Dobell Drawing Prize AGNSW
LandMarks – contemporary Visions of the Australian Landscape, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery.

Archibald Prize AGNSW
Dobell Drawing Prize AGNSW
Flagging the Republic Sherman Goodhope Galleries, Sydney, NSW

6th International Drawing Prize Triennale, Poland
Dobell Drawing Prize AGNSW
Sulman Prize AGNSW
Asia and Oceanic Influence, Ivan Dougherty Gallery
Australian Watercolours – 1880s to 1900s, AGNSW

Drawing on Inspiration, Ivan Dougherty Gallery. In addition to this exhibition, a ‘sky drawing’ was carried out: The Fall of Icarus, using a light plane and vapour trails at 14,000 ft

Identities: Art from Australia, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan and Wollongong City Art Gallery, Wollongong, NSW

Contemporary Australian Drawings from the Collection, AGNSW
The Goulburn Region – 6 Artists interpretations, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

5th International Drawing Triennale, Poland

Prints and Australia, Australian National Gallery, ACT
Twentieth Century Australian Watercolours, AGNSW
Modern Australian Paintings, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

Contemporary views of New England, Regional Art Museums of Armidale and Tamworth, NSW
The Illawarra and Environs – A pictorial survey, Wollongong City Art Gallery
The Artist and Lane Cove, Artarmon Galleries, Sydney
4th International Drawing Triennale, Poland
Drawings in Australia – Drawings, Watercolours and Pastels from the 1770s to the 1980s, Australian National Gallery, Canberra

Painters’ Visions Chicago International Art Expositions, Chicago, USA

Painters’ Visions Macquarie Galleries

Salute to Lloyd Rees Macquarie Galleries
The Drawn Image, Penrith and Armidale Regional Galleries, NSW
Macquarie Galleries, NSW
Perspecta Exhibition, Sydney
Archibald Prize AGNSW
The Sulman Art Prize AGNSW

Archibald Prize AGNSW

Paperchase Christchurch, NZ
Present Day Australian Drawing Freemantle Arts Centre, Freemantle, WA

Attitudes to Drawing Ivan Dougherty Gallery

Recent Australian Works on Paper AGNSW, Sydney
Australian Drawings in the Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle NSW

2nd International Drawing Triennale Poland
Tasmania visited Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, and Launceston Art Gallery, Tas

Australian contemporary Paperworks: Drawn and Quartered Adelaide Festival Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Wynne Prize AGNSW
Works on Paper Shepparton Art Gallery, Vic

Contemporary Australian Drawing, Western Australian Art Gallery, Perth, WA

Australian Colourists, Western Australian Institute of Technology, Perth, WA; Landscape and Image – Contemporary Australian Painting, Jakarta, Bandung, and Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

Australian Pavilion Expo Okinawa, Japan
Fifty Years of the Macquarie Galleries – the 5th decade, 1965-75, Macquarie Galleries

Fifty Years of the National Art School Bonython Galleries, Sydney
Georges Invitation Purchase Prize Melbourne, Vic
Darnell de Grunchy Purchase Prize Brisbane, Qld

Australian Paintings and Tapestries of the Last 20 years, London, UK and Sydney.

Perth Festival Invitation Prize Exhibition, Perth
Australian Pavilion Exp ’67, Montreal, Canada

Recent Australian Painting Los Angeles and San Francisco, USA
Aspects of Australian Painting Auckland, NZ

Australian Print Survey, (Australia wide travelling exhibition)

Pan Pacific Artists’ Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil (A Contemporary Art Society of NSW exhibition)

Three Australian Artists Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford, UK

London group, London, UK

Australian Artists’ Association exhibitions, Imperial Institute Gallery, London, UK



Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
Artbank, Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of Tasmania
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Allens Collection, Sydney, NSW
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, NSW
Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Vic
The British Museum, London, UK
Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie, Tas
BHP Collection, Melbourne, Vic
Cairns Art Gallery, Qld
Canberra Museum Art Gallery, Canberra
Contemporary Art Society, London, UK
Churchlands College of Advanced Education, Perth
College of Advanced Education, Canberra, ACT
Curtin University, Perth, WA
The Deal Collection, Dallas, USA
The Darnell Collection, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld
Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton, NSW
James Cook University, Townsville, Qld
The Kedumba Collection of Contemporary Australian Drawing, Orange Regional Gallery, NSW
Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW
Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney, NSW
Moreton Bay Regional Council Art Collection
Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, NSW
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic
National Library, Beijing, China
Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
Qantas, Australia
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Qld
Queensland State Library, Brisbane, Qld
The Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Canberra
The Stein Collection, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA
Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, Vic
Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
The Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Qld
The University of New England, Armidale, NSW
The University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
The University of Technology, Sydney, NSW
The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
The United Overseas Bank, Singapore
Union Club, Sydney, NSW
Westpac, New York, USA
Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong, NSW

The 100th year 2021

View exhibition catalogue

Guy Warren: River Rainforest Rock 2019

View Catalogue here


Forward & back 2019

Jamberoo Mountain Road 2018

Works on paper 2018

Guy Warren, 1921–2024 By Camilla Aalvarez-Chow

ArtAsiaPacific Online

17 June 2024

Guy Warren: The 100th Year

Art Collector Magazine Online Feature

October 2021

Life's Great Wanderings by Sasha Grishin & Riste Andrievski

Art Collector Magazine - Collector's Dossier


Archibald Prize 2021 by John McDonald

The Sydney Morning Herald

15 June 2021

Peter Wegner Portrait of Guy Warren at 100

Art Gallery of NSW

June 2021

Song for Guy by John McDonald

Sydney Morning Herald, Visual Art

April 2021

Guy Warren by Tracey Clement

Art Guide Australia

15 April 2021

Guy Warren interviewed by Eloise Füss

The Mix ABC Documentary and podcast

February 15, 2020

Landscape of the 100-year life by Mathew Smith

Professional Planner Online

21 March 2019

Guy Warren by John McDonald

John McDonald Blog

February 2, 2018

Guy Warren by John McDonald

Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum

January 27-28, 2018

Guy Warren: nonagenarian painter with no limits by John McDonald

Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum

26 April 2016

Guy Warren by Steve Lopes

Artist Profile Magazine

Issue 34, 2015