Warren Rohrer Locks Gallery

Farm: May, 1971

oil on linen

52 1/2 x 54 1/4 inches

Warren Rohrer Locks Gallery

Pond Winter, 1967
oil on panel
11 3/4 x 14 1/4 inches

Warren Rohrer Locks Gallery

Farm April 2, (Double Breasted Landscape), 1971

oil on linen

51 x 54 inches 

Warren Rohrer Locks Gallery

Window Scape, 1968
oil on linen
20 1/4 x 24 1/4 inches

Warren Rohrer Locks Gallery

Window Pots, 1968
oil on linen
20 x 24 inches

Warren Rohrer Locks Gallery

Spring Orchard, 1971
oil on linen
42 1/4 x 52 3/8 inches

Artist Bio

Warren Rohrer (1927–1995) was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and became one of Philadelphia’s leading abstract painters in the late 20th century. Coming from a Lancaster Mennonite upbringing, he strayed from conventional professional paths of becoming a farmer or minister when he began to pursue art and art education. Rohrer quickly embedded himself in the national contemporary art scene and would go on to teach for 25 years at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts).

Through the 1960s and '70s, Rohrer worked out of a converted barn in Christiana, Pennsylvania, using the landscape of his youth as his primary subject as he approached total abstraction in his work and began working exclusively with square canvases. These abstractions were rooted in a deep sense of place, with a unique connection between the agricultural fields around him and his exploration of modernist painting and color fields. Many 1970s works are notable for their study of the organization of space through regular and irregular grids and repetitive mark-making. Towards the 1980s these works would transition into increasingly layered and luminous explorations of color.

In 1984, Rohrer moved his studio to the former workspace of acclaimed muralist Violet Oakley in Chestnut Hill. While teaching in Philadelphia and exhibiting extensively, the artist maintained weekly trips to Lancaster to photograph and make studies. Of particular interest was a field at the source of the Conestoga River, a place where nine generations previously, his Mennonite ancestors had originally settled. His later work explored a language of forms found in this landscape, with a deeply personal and gestural script embedded within his abstractions.

The subject of a retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2003, Warren Rohrer's work is now in many museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, Smith College Museum of Art and the Delaware Art Museum. Locks Gallery has represented the artist and his estate since 1974.

Warren Rohrer
First Floor Gallery
Warren Rohrer
Passages in White Light October 6 – November 11, 2017
Abstraction: Resistance and Persistence
Third Floor Gallery
Abstraction: Resistance and Persistence
Pat Steir, Warren Rohrer, Sean Scully, Agnes Martin, and Sol LeWitt September 1 – October 21, 2017
The Space Between Lines
First Floor Gallery
The Space Between Lines
Sol LeWitt, Ralph Humphrey, Thomas Chimes, Warren Rohrer, Sean Scully, Lee Ufan, Pat Steir October 12 – November 17, 2016
Pulse, Shift, Paint, Drift
Second Floor Gallery
Pulse, Shift, Paint, Drift
Rhythms of Warren Rohrer September 28 – October 29, 2016
Warren Rohrer
Second Floor Gallery
Warren Rohrer
Message Bearer April 4 – 30, 2014
Warren Rohrer
Second Floor Gallery
Warren Rohrer
Field and Pond November 2 – December 5, 2012
Warren Rohrer
First Floor Gallery
Warren Rohrer
... To Make a Live Painting October 1 – November 13, 2010
1968
First Floor Gallery
1968
May 7 – June 11, 2010
Warren Rohrer
Exhibition
Warren Rohrer
The Expanding Square September 2 – 30, 2008
Warren Rohrer
Exhibition
Warren Rohrer
Field Language October 17 – November 11, 2006
Warren Rohrer
Second Floor Gallery
Warren Rohrer
The Pond Series 1975-1976 February 3 – 28, 2006
Warren Rohrer
Exhibition
Warren Rohrer
Greater Simplicity, Paintings 1978-1992 April 22 – May 29, 2004
Warren Rohrer
Exhibition
Warren Rohrer
Turning Point: Paintings 1968-1972 June 6 – July 18, 2003
Warren Rohrer
Exhibition
Warren Rohrer
Morning Fogs Trees and Leaves November 1 – December 14, 2002
Warren Rohrer: Drawings
First Floor Gallery
Warren Rohrer: Drawings
October 20 – November 10, 1995