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Mr. Imagination

Mr. Imagination, an outsider artist who used sandstone and bottle caps to create his unique work, died May 30, 2012, in Atlanta.

Mr. Imagination, who was born Gregory Warmack in the Chicago suburb of Maywood, Ill., worked with sculpted objects, using paint, wood, nails, putty and cement, and sold his creations at street fairs in Chicago.

Mr. Imagination, an outsider artist, died May 30, 2012.
Mr. Imagination, an outsider artist, died May 30, 2012.

Mr. Imagination would visit bars and restaurants where he lived near Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, and ask for discarded bottle caps.

He also used found objects, including vintage commercial items, discarded tools, mirrors and household instruments. African and Egyptian masks influenced his work.

In 1978, while living in Chicago, a mugger shot him in the stomach and during his hospitalization, he began using the name Mr. Imagination. His first solo exhibition was held in 1983 at the Carl Hammer Galleries in Chicago.

In 2001, he moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he contributed several pieces to Lehigh University. In 2008, Mr. Imagination moved to Atlanta,  following a fire that destroyed his home in Bethlehem.

He died in Atlanta from a blood infection. He was 64.

Intuit – Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago is currently exhibiting his work through May 25.


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