Landscape painter James Winn earned his MFA from Illinois State University in 1982. Writing about his works on paper, the Boston Globe commented:
“He paints the Mid-western flatlands; he invests this portion of the world, usually typecast as pedestrian and monotonous, with a hushed, ethereal beauty. His acrylics on paper depict earth and sky in subtle green and grey hues tinged with pink light. Delicate and highly detailed, with foreground clarity giving way to mist, receding horizons shielded by cloudy yet luminous skies, they evoke the heartland’s endurance, as well as its mystical soul.”
Whereas the works on paper depict soft, late ambient light with no cast shadows, Winn’s acrylic on panel pieces differ in the crisp detail and bright direct light and shadow. Looking to expand his audience after years of painting the flat Midwest, searching for a more ubiquitous subject, he kayaked into the vast lotus beds of the Mississippi. There he found sharp contrasting patterns of shadow and colorful saturated light. Here there is no trace of man, just the primal exotic beauty of lilies, birds and frogs; a hint of Eden. Art critic John Arthur wrote:
“…it is the spiritual aspect that imbues his work with such a strong affinity for Luminism and the Emersonian concept of ‘God in nature.’“ Winn’s paintings “…follow a traditional course, but in their reverence for the past, they venerate the spirit of their lineage without imitating it. And in the end, the rare, sweet spells these paintings cast can be fully comprehended only through the acknowledgement and acceptance of their profoundly religious character.”
Winn has shown in galleries in New York, Chicago, Milwaukee and Santa Fe, and collected by Chicago’s Art Institute, The Philbrook, and The Joslyn.
JAMES R. WINN
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