An American Impressionist painter, Able George Warshawsky began his career in his native Cleveland.
Warshawsky arrived in New York in 1905 and then studied abroad in Europe, particularly in Paris, for a number of years.
Abel George Warshawsky is most associated with Cleveland, as he exhibited, taught and worked in the city for over thirty years, but he also kept a studio in Paris for thirty years and was also a part of the French art world. He travelled back and forth between Cleveland and France and sometimes visited Italy.
The second phase of his career started at the advent of World War II when the artist moved to California. He was then a painter of figures and portraits, often working outside along the coast. He became strongly associated with the California art scene during this time, and still is. For a time, he was the president of the Carmel Art Association.
His portraiture during this period is particularly significant. He painted portraits of family, everyday people and public figures such as newspaper columnist John W. Raper.
Warchawsky's works were included in an exhibition of Cleveland artists titled "The Many Faces of Cleveland: A Century of Portraiture" and are held in many prestigious collections.