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Artwork by Warrington Colescott
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About the Artist
Colescott was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but grew up in California and was educated at the University of California, Berkeley. His artistic career began at Berkeley, when he created a weekly cartoon for the student newspaper and magazine. He later returned to the same college to pursue his graduate studies in painting. In 1949, he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin as an art professor.
Since he began drawing political cartoons at college, his artwork has continued to take on a political tone. He likes to play with space in his work, often created a piece cluttered with different images at various sizes. He often incorporates oversized images into his works, making people larger than cars, as he does in his 1994 etching Up and Down Tchoupitoulas Street. He juxtaposes scenes, forcing the observer to pay close attention.
As a printer and painter, Colescott has been awarded numerous awards throughout his career. In 1965, he received a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and throughout his career, he has received four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. His artwork is popular not only in the United States, but also throughout South America. He currently resides in Wisconsin.