Warrington Colescott

b, 1921, Oakland, CA

Warrington Colescott was born in Oakland, California in 1921. He received his M.A. in painting from the University of California, Berkeley in 1946. He taught in  Southern California in 1947-49 where he was introduced to print-making through the medium of serigraphy. He joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin in 1949 where he expanded his interest in print-making. In 1957, he  studied in London under a Fulbright Scholarship studying etching at London's Slade School of Art. The first Wisconsin course in etching was taught in 1960. The school at Madison became renown for its research in color etching methods.

Colescott retired from the University of Wisconsin in 1986, assuming the title Professor Emeritus after a distinguished 37 year career. His prints have been widely exhibited since the 1960's. They were featured in  nationally touring retrospectives in 1988 and 1991. Although his interests have included painting in oil and sculpture, he has concentrated upon large watercolors and complicated color etchings, always superbly executed, often satirical, and always witty. His deft exposure of the human condition, as made manifest by his studies of humans at sport and leisure, as politicians, hunters, as artists, as lawyers and judges, shows a biting intelligence that can  readily and compellingly convince. For practice, he contributes cartoons to a monthly column in The Progressive magazine. He has recently collaborated with his wife and studio partner, Frances Myers, in a mixed medium group of artistic reactions dedicated to the plight of women in societies.