Warnants’ prints, and the books from which they come, are a response to childhood, as it seems to exist today. One reminisces about childhood as a Blyton-esque story: romanticised and idyllic. Quickly one glosses over the angst and growing pains. Today’s children are not allowed such innocence. Transforming old into new, weaving sweet with unsavoury, these satiric manipulations are sugar-coated in a classic style to make this, only slightly exaggerated, reality easier to swallow. Ceal’s work is both darkly comic and disturbingly truthful.
Since obtaining a Masters in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2008, Warnants has won several prizes for her work, including the Tim Mara Prize, the Printmaking Council Award and the South Square Trust Scholarship. She was also shortlisted for the Adobe Design Achievement Award and the Conran Foundation Prize. Warnants has exhibited extensively throughout the UK, Europe and America.