Warren Sylne


As a Haitian-American artist, my art lives not only as 
statements and impressions, but as disembodied questions (hopes, dreams, fears, anger, loss) floating across space and time. Inspiration for my work flows from the body, a temporary form subject to change and the laws of society and nature. It is both interesting and ironic. The body I inhabit is stereotyped as a threat, a statistic. Yet it is the physicality of the human experience that intrigues me.

 Faces and figures of all life forms fascinate me. Looking at a drawing, I’m amazed at how a still image is (in fact) alive. Moments captured in an expression, the tilt of the mouth, the crinkle near opened eyes, live in a space indifferent to time. Drawing and painting allows me to re-imagine bodies that are independent of conventional theories of race and color. I draw particular influence from artist such as Lucian Freud and Salvador Dali. Both artists create realistic scenes that incorporate visual elements and colors that are often proportionally incorrect, embracing elements that may not belong within the context they are presented.

The aesthetic of my work bends the rules of physics. Through the bending of physical law, I often explore how the presence and absence of eyes in a portrait affects the spectator’s perception of the image’s emotional state. At times a portrait may be gazing back, its eyes following a spectator around the room. In another instance, the gaze may appear off, resting somewhere in the distance, calling
 on the observer to wonder and ask questions.