2002        Material Transformation, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001        Mr. Imagination, Banana Factory, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

2000        Mr. Imagination: New Works on Paper, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999    Artist and the Community: Mr. Imagination, Southeastern Center for Community Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, NC

            1998    The Spirit of Unity, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

1996        Modern Primitive Gallery, Atlanta, Ga. 

Gregory Warmack/ Mr. Imagination, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

1995        Mr. Imagination, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Mr. Imagination, Wustum Museum, Racine, WI

1993    The Eye Stands For Mr. Imagination, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

1992        Mr. Imagination, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, FOCI (Forms of

Contemporary Illinois), State of Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

Mr. Imagination, Sibell-Wolle Galleries, University of Colorado,

                                    Boulder, CO

1991        The Eye Stands For Mr. Imagination: A Retrospective Show, University of

Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL

1990        Mr. Imagination, Art Talk at Cairo, Chicago, IL

1986    Mr. Imagination, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

1983        Mr. Imagination, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL




1999    The End is Near, Portfolio 99, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

1996    Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

The Intuitive Edge: Midwest Outsider and Folk Art, South Bend Regional

Museum of Art, South Bend, IN

Recycled-Reseen: Folk Art from the Global Scrapheap (Traveling show

through Spring 1999)

Recycle, Reuse, Recreate, African Tour

1995        Chicago Connectors: Ten Self-Taught Visions Intersect the Mainstream,

Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Untutored Eye, Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI

From Africa to the Americas, Northwestern University Settlement,

Chicago, IL

1994        Reclamation and Transformation: Three Self-Taught Chicago Artists,

Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL

Resonances: Echoes of the Ancestors in African-American Art, Wabash

College, Crawfordsville, IN

Resurrections: Objects With New Souls, The William Benton Museum of

Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

1993    Absolut Heritage, USA

1992    Mr. Imagination, Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH

1991        Spirited Visions: Portrait of Chicago Artists by Patty Carroll, State of

Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

1991    "Evidence of Spirit", Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

"Images in Black: Memory and Spirit in African American Art", Carl

Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

"Home Sweet Home", Columbia College, Chicago, IL

"The Cross Show", First Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL

"Black Art: Ancestral Legacy", Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond,


1990        "Mr. Imagination and Willie Leroy Elliott, Jr.", Carl Hammer Gallery,

Chicago, IL.

"Black Art: Ancestral Legacy", High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA and

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

1989        "Black Art: Ancestral Legacy", Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, T x . 

(Traveling Show Through 1991)

1989    "Sculpture: Inside and Out", Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL.

1988    "Portrait from Outside", Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA.

1987        "Outsider Art: The Black experience", Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago,


"Group exhibition/Gallery Artists", Mia Gallery, Seattle

"Opening exhibition", Primitivo, San Francisco, CA

1986        "Mr. Imagination/Philadelphia Wireman/Boneman", Oscarsson Seigeltuch

Gallery, New York, NY

"Group exhibition", Janet Fleischer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1985    "Group exhibition", Janet Fleischer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Imagination / Gregory Warmack
1948 - 2012
The incredible world of Mr. Imagination was "a work of art in progress". Saying this sums up the life of Gregory Warmack who was in the act of creating art ever since he was a young boy growing up on the South side of Chicago in a large family of brothers and sisters. His mother was probably his first creative role model, and from there his energies always focused on transforming his environment into a work of art. Warmack's talent was such that when handed an object of any size or shape, he saw into the object things that ordinary people don't and can't see. This extraordinary gift manifested itself into the ability to change any lost or thrown away piece of common material into a transcendent object by which new life, vitality and meaning were reincarnated.
Watching Mr. Imagination work was to experience the purest form of the intuitive process. He began only with the rawest notion of his final objective. His hands worked as his eyes. They felt each object knowingly and through the tactile senses he learned what it was about the material he needed to know to make it bend, reflect, and act in concert with the other accumulated artifacts. As any piece of sculpture of his took shape, it became clear that the process was been organic, flowing, natural, evolving with unique unpredictability. The act became the ritualistic performance of the shaman. Similarly, magically, new life emerged.
Perhaps the most significant element intrinsic to the Greg Warmack creation process was his belief in the spiritual energies possessed by his pieces which were infused both in the creation process and by the collaborative contributions of the spirit of people both living and dead. As the numerous labor-intensively placed pieces of objects, rubble, and memorabilia accumulated, so did the collective human spirit which simultaneously embellished and cemented the sum total of life experiences that were embodied in the life of this amazing artist and human being.  Thank you, Mr. Imagination, for sharing your incredible vision of life with us.