Artist Lennox Warner’s Theater

Atlantic City’s Lennox Warner didn’t set out to become an artist, but the city continues to inspire his 
creative work, some of which will be included in his seventh solo exhibit later this month.

By Tamara deMent

Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 4 | Posted Jan. 4, 2012

Share this Story:

Lennox Warner in his Atlantic City home / studio, surrounded by some of his work.

Photo by Craig Billow

On January 24, Atlantic City sculptor and mixed-media artist Lennox Warner will present his seventh solo art show at the Atlantic Cape Community College Art Gallery in Hamilton Township. The 15-piece exhibit will be showcased until Feb. 24, with a reception on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Since 2004, Warner has been showing his work throughout the South Jersey region and also in Philadelphia and Brooklyn. In addition to being one of the more successful independent artists in the Jersey shore area, he has become a leader in the local world of fine arts, serving a four-year tenure as chairman of the Atlantic City Arts Commission.

A committed mixed-media artist, Warner’s creative instincts reach beyond that of any single medium. In the 12-year span that he’s been actively creating art, Warner has gone from working with wood, to clay, to pretty much anything: soda cans, marbles, glass, mirrors, LED TV screens, digital photography, video clips, dollar bills. 

Nothing is off limits.

One of Warner’s specialties is creating memorials. But more specifically, he seeks to provide concrete documentation for figures in American pop culture that have been, in his opinion, “underrepresented” in visual fine art. One of his goals, he says, is to help give voice and perspective to what will become significant historical moments.

“I try to do a biography in my artwork of what’s happening right now,” says Warner. “If someone were to see my artwork, they might be able to say, that was the generation, or that was what was happening at [the time].”

(Click here for a photo gallery of Lennox Warner's art.)

But Warner, who hails from the West Indies and is “over 60,” has ambitions beyond art. He is currently waiting to come under the employ of the new Revel resort in Atlantic City as a table games supervisor, and is also considering running for office in Atlantic City.

As a visually aware person who has lived in the city for 25 years, Warner is interested in seeing the city make more aesthetic choices, especially in terms of creating more public art.

For years, the city has been run by leaders who have had “no artistic vision,” says Warner. So, in the next mayoral election, I may “put my hat in the ring.”

Below is an interview with the artist. 

Last time we spoke, in June, you had just finished working out of a 16-foot box truck. Where is your current workspace?

I call my apartment my studio. I [currently] have three pieces in a garage in Brooklyn where I store my artwork.

Do you frequently work in Brooklyn?

Yeah, sometimes I work up there. I do work up there because I have the space. Where as, here [in Atlantic City] I don’t have the space. 

I read in a recently published article on you that you didn’t start calling yourself an artist until five years ago. Why is that?

I didn’t set out to be an artist. I set out to be creative. On a personal level, I’m just excited to be a creative person.

Page: 1 2 3 |Next
Add to favoritesAdd to Favorites PrintPrint Send to friendSend to Friend


Comments 1 - 4 of 4
Report Violation

1. Otto Neals said... on Jan 5, 2012 at 09:23AM

I see that you are still doing good work. Keep it up.

Otto Neals”

Report Violation

2. Turiya Abdur-Raheem said... on Jan 7, 2012 at 06:19PM

“Can't wait to see your exhibit at ACCC!!! Informative, interesting article, Tamara, before I go see the exhibit. Thanks.”

Report Violation

3. Tori Gee said... on Feb 22, 2012 at 08:44AM

“Lenox I have seen you develop as an artist and remember some of your first pieces of art. I am so proud of you and honored to be your friend. I will visit your exhibit while in AC. Lets consider jazz and art together.”

Report Violation

4. valeria marcus said... on Jun 30, 2012 at 01:17PM

“Mr. Warner's artwork is simply marvelous!”


(HTML and URLs prohibited)

Related Content

‘Claiming Citizenship’ Exhibit at Stockton
By AC Weekly Staff

Plus the Album of the Week, Drew Toonz comic and the Noyes Museum's Sculpture exhibit.

RELATED: ‘Spring for Hope’
 South Jersey Cancer Fund Benefit The Milans: Keeping Black History Alive Today 'You Can’t Sell Good Art with Bad Art' Sketching Out an Arts Colony Stockton Senior Art Exhibits New Noyes Exhibits

Related Content

Atlantic City Alliance Announces CEO Elizabeth Cartmell
By Jeff Schwachter

Further, as Atlantic City Weekly has learned earlier this week that two key associates at the CRDA who were spearheading an Arts District campaign for Mississippi Avenue in the Ducktown neighborhood of the resort, are both no longer with the CRDA,

RELATED: Atlantic City Alliance Launches Nightlife Campaign DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitational Sept. 6-8 Historic Horse Racing a Sure Bet? Atlantic City Launches New Spring, Summer DO AC Campaign ‘Do Change’ in Atlantic City ‘DO AC’ Campaign Is Sticking Marketing Atlantic City Through Interactive Art ACA to Launch $20 Million Tourism Marketing Campaign Monday, April 16 Double Exposure
 at Stockton Campus Center Cohesion, Leadership and a New Path for Atlantic City Forum Does Atlantic City Proud Have Your Say About Atlantic City Stockton College's New Art Gallery Interview with Liza Cartmell Locals to CRDA: What About Us? CRDA Town Hall Meeting A.C.'s Head Cheerleader Tropicana Celebrates 30 Years in Atlantic City Atlantic City Residents' Tourism District Feedback Robust Boardwalk Hall Light Show Debuts July 4 ‘DO AC’ Discs Decked Out for the Holidays

Related Content

Dante Hall Attracts Capacity Crowd for Artist Survey Kick-Off
By Tamara deMent

Flanked by several paintings by local artists, Richard Stockton College president Herman Saatkamp warmed up a crowd of over 100 regional artists of various disciplines, intellectuals and public figures on Tuesday night, June 28, at Dante Hall for a presentation by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). The evening marked the next step in creating an arts and cultural district in Atlantic City.

RELATED: Ralph Hunter at Home in Atlantic City: African American Heritage Museum Opens at New Arts Garage Waterfront Sculpture Park Announced for Atlantic City Dante Hall 2013 Theater Season Opens March 22 Stoked for a Skatepark
 in Atlantic City Noyes Exhibit Gives 'Home' to Atlantic City Homeless
 Doo Dah Days in Ocean City 
 Interview with New CRDA Boss John Palmieri There’s No Place Like Home, Plus Occupy Atlantic City Arts District Talk: Ducktown and Oz on the Ocean Atlantic City Tourism District Approved

Related Content

Asking the Artists about the Arts District
By Michael Pritchard

Tuesday, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) begins a process of finding out what artists think of the district and what they’d like to see included in plans through an official survey the state funding authority hopes will reach 3,000 area and regional artists.

Stockton, Noyes, CRDA Create Cornerstone for Arts District in A.C. Restoring the Faith
 Where Invisible Robots Rule CRDA Wants Your Input Concerning A.C.'s Tourism District Nearly Naked Drawing Sessions at the Tropicana
 Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk Debuts! in Atlantic City Atlantic City Theatre Guild Does August Wilson

Related Content

Arts District Discussed at Recent Forum
By Tamara deMent

A large portion of the plan was devoted to creating non-gaming related facilities. Practical amenities such as a grocery store, as well as more cultural offerings such as an arts district, would serve to bring a more family oriented feel to Atlantic City.

RELATED: Doing Fair Trade in AC Tyrone Hart Creating Courthouse Mural Advocate of the Arts Art That Heals Dedicated to the Arts Art Support

Related Content

CRDA Arts District Study Met with Enthusiasm
By Jeff Schwachter

"The ideal situation for any city is to create a place were people want to live, work, learn, and enjoy their surroundings. That in return will make the Atlantic City arts and education District a must see destination for visitors and tourists."

RELATED: Coasting: Walking Dead in Wildwood, Atlantic City CRDA Launches New Web Site with Online Survey CRDA Approves $10 Million for Atlantic City Downtown Revitalization Out and About: A Christian Passover Atlantic City Arts Commission's Time to Shine For Art's Sake Caesars Entertainment Breaks Ground on Conference Center