Artist Profiles

Robin Warnes’ Modern Pastel Art

Robin Warnes’ Modern Pastel Art

British artist Robin Warnes’ pastel art features abstracted images, but the work is anchored in reality.

“For me, art is about representation and exploring and re-evaluating how we experience the world around us,” says Warnes. “I think you can represent the real world without being a slave to it. Rather, it’s a case of enhancing it and developing one’s senses, trying to be in tune with the world as something that can be seen, experienced and felt. I aim to do this through a language of color and form, whether I’m creating pastel art or working in oil.

“I don’t think it matters what the subject is; my ambition is to see everything as one,” says the artist. “By that, I mean my paintings are an investigation of the space, whatever the subject. Consider the work of Cézanne; there was no formal perspective, and yet he managed to achieve the illusion of depth and space in his two-dimensional paintings.”

View more of Warnes’ pastel art that features his modernist thinking in the August issue of Pastel Journal, available now at and on newsstands beginning July 12.

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Watch the video: Painting Trees In Pastel (June 2021).