Edward Warner 1879 to 1968
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Born in London on 27 May 1879, Alfred Edward Warner, Teddy
to friends, studied printing and commercial art at a local Polytechnic
college. He learnt the techniques of stone lithography, woodcut
printing, etching, airbrush techniques and scraperboard.
He ran his own commercial
studio in London before travelling to Australia with his inlaws
in 1911. Finding employment opportunities difficult, he moved
to Auckland, New Zealand where he was Head of Job-printing at
The Star. It was at this time he made his first etchings.
Returning to Australia
in about 1919, he worked as a commercial artist. Around 1922
he once more began etching and exhibiting, earning a considerable
reputation for his work.
In 1930 his daughter began
to help in the studio preparing plates and printing, and in 1936
he was joined by his son, who printed many works. In the mid
1930s Alfred Warner and his wife travelled in a caravan around
NSW, Victoria and Queensland collecting material for his Australia
at Work series of prints.
In the late 1930s he produced
a series of colour linocuts. Designed by Warner they were cut
by his daughter and printed by his son, hence the signature,
The Warners. During the depression years Warner also
produced popular etchings under the pseudonyms C. Jack, C. J.
Dodd, Brueton, G. Marler and G. Martin. Some of these were printed
editions and he also made a range of unsigned cards. Warner also
produced screenprints towards the end of the 1930s, having taught
himself from American magazines. He specialised in producing
photographic stencils and also sold screenprinting equipment
he designed and made.
He does not seem to have
made any etchings after 1938. Warner died in 1968.
Senior Curator, Australia Prints, Posters and Illustrated Books
National Gallery of Australia