"I knew I was an artist when I was real, real young. It just seems like I was always doing it. As a kid, I would cut up old boxes and paint on those or just use anything I could find. By the time I was a teenager, my room was so full of art I slept under the kitchen table." (1)
From a very young age, Mr. Imagination (born Gregory Warmack) was aware of his keen artistic sensibilities. Growing up on the south side of Chicago, he created collages and sculptures out of found materials, made jewelry and masks, paintings, clothing and canes. In his elaborate works, ordinary items and bits of refuse are transformed into exquisite objects.
He is perhaps best known for creating complex pieces from bottle caps, one of which was commissioned for the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. Other important works include his Imagination Grotto, built for the Elliot Donnelly Youth Center in Chicago, 1995.
(1) Richard A. Webster, "Mr. Imagination," in Raw Vision, 24 (Fall 1998), 25.
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