New York

Warren Isensee

Audiello Fine Art, Inc.

Warren Isensee’s paintings draw on his memories of domesticated modernism. Evoking the interior color schemes and the bright prints of ’60s and ’70s suburban TV rooms (with Marimekko-patterned draperies and kidney-shaped coffee tables) and kitchens (with their boomerang-motif Formica countertops), Isensee’s canvases are rendered in flat decorator hues: unsaturated blues and greens, apricot, chocolate brown, powdery pink Structured on a system of reversals, in which opaque solids abut outlined open forms and mingle with loopy ribbons of color, the works are conceived with the thoughtful, almost mathematical attention to theme and color variation found in Ray Eames’s crosspatch-design fabrics: yellow next to blue, but never touching red, etc.

The impersonal and flawless exactitude of Isensee’s technique is, unexpectedly, achieved freehand, with brushes and without the aid of tape. That this

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