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Artist James Winn

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.

  

  

Curriculum Vitae

JAMES R. WINN 

  • 328 West High Street
  • Sycamore, Illinois 60178
  • 815-895-6574
  • jameswinn49@comcast.net
  • Born: Hannibal, Missouri 1949

Education

  • American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL 1967-69
  • Illinois State University, Normal, IL B.S. 1979
  • M.S. 1980; M.F.A. 1982

Selected Public Collections

  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Arthur Andersen, Boston, MA
  • Baxter Travenol, Chicago, IL
  • Beatrice Inc., Chicago IL
  • Borg Warner Corp. Chicago, IL
  • Cedar Rapids Art Museum, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Chemical Bank, New York, NY
  • Chicago Union League Club, Chicago, IL
  • Comdisco Inc., Rosemount, IL
  • Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
  • Field Enterprises, Chicago, IL
  • Frito-Lay Corp., Dallas, TX
  • Graham Gund Collection, Cambridge, MA
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, MO
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
  • Illinois State Library, Springfield, IL
  • Illinois State University, Normal, IL
  • Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE
  • Kemper Group, Chicago, IL
  • Latham and Watkins, Chicago, IL
  • Mellon Bank, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Nerman Collection of Contemporary Art
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
  • Northwestern Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK
  • Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc, WI
  • Rayovac Corp. Madison, WI
  • Rita Rich Collection, Scarsdale, NY
  • Senator Richard Durbin, Washington, D.C.
  • Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, St. Paul Companies, ST.  Paul, MN
  • State Department, Washington, D.C.
  • The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
  • The Boston Company, Boston, MA
  • The Northern Trust Company, Chicago, IL
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • Wellington Fund, Boston, MA

Books and Catalogs

  • 2012       Rooney, E Ashley, 100 Artists of the Midwest, Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA
  • 2009       Sanders, Donna, Birds in Art 2009.  Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
  • 2002       Hoppin, Martha, Depicting Mount Holyoke: A Dialogue with the Past. Cornell University Press
  • 1999       Fine, R., Hernandez-Duran, R., Pascale, M., Contemporary American Realist Drawings.  The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 1999       Stein, Lisa, “Winn, Santana, Nolet," Catalog by Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1999       New American Paintings, The Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA
  • 1999       Sayre, Robert, Editor, Recovering the Prairie, The University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI
  • 1998       Driscol, John.  The Artist and the American Landscape
  • 1996       Kinsey, Joni L., Plain Pictures Images of the American Prairie.  Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.
  • 1996       Arthur, John, "Midwestern Romanticism," Catalog of eight person traveling exhibition
  • 1996       Gussow, Alan, "Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas," Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 1994       Arthur, John, "American Realism and Figurative Painting," Cline Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
  • 1991       Arthur, John, "American Realism and Figurative Art: 1952-1990, Japan Association of Art Museums, Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1991         Arthur, John, Spirit of Place Contemporary Landscape Painting and the American Tradition. Boston: Bulfinch Press, Little Brown and Company, 1989. pp. 123, 126.
  • 1991        Craven, Richard, “The Eternal Landscape," Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • 1990        Arthur, John, "Realists Watercolors," Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University.
  • 1989        Vazquez, Henry, "The Landscape of the Spirit," The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT. 
  • 1988        Smith, Kent James, "In a New Light: Three Views of the Heartland," Illinois State Museum. 1987-88 three-person exhibit.
  • 1988        "Acts of Light," Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY.  Solo exhibit, 1988.
  • 1987        "James Winn," Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL.  Solo exhibit, 1987.
  • 1985        Martin, Alvin, "American Realism, 20th Century Drawings and Watercolors," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
  • 1985        Arthur, John, "American Realism: The Precise Image," The Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1985        "Heartland Painters," Frumkin and Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1985        Arthur, John, "Small Works," Bank of Boston, March.
  • 1984          "Watercolor USA 1984,11 Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
  • 1984        "James Winn," Frumkin and Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL, International Art Exposition, Navy Pier.  Solo Exhibit.
  • 1983        "Watercolor USA 1983,11 Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
  • 1983        Harrington, Bev, "Contemporary Images, Watercolor: 1983, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Articles and Reviews

  • 2009         Review, Landi, Ann, “Birds of a Feather, Together,” The Wall Street Journal, WSJ.com, October 1, 2009.
  • 2007          “Midwestern Vistas,” American Art Collector, February, 2007, pp. 144-149.
  • 2002          Hoppin, Martha, “The View from Mount Holyoke,” American Art Review. October, 2002, pp. 112-121.
  • 2001            Auer, James, “Midwest glows in artists’ hands,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. November, 7, 2001.
  • 1999          Thomas, Gary, "Prairie Panoramas," Outdoor Illinois, June 1999, pp. 12-15.
  • 1995          Review, Stapen, Nancy, "Coaxing the unearthly from terra firma,” 'The Boston Globe.  September 28, 1995.
  • 1995          Review, Auer, James, "Landscape paintings capture the bright glory of summer," Milwaukee Sentinel. October 9, 1995.
  • 1992          Review, Cohen, Ronny, "James Winn," Art Forum, Summer 1992, p. 113.
  • 1992          Review, Keeran, James, "Paintings Inspired by Midwestern Landscape," The Pantagraph.  August 14, 1992. p. C5.
  • 1992          Review, Schwan, Gary, "Paintings of the Land We Love," The Palm Beach Post.  April 17, 1992, p. 17. 
  • 1991          Beattie, Karen, "Painting the Light," Moody Magazine, February 1991, pp. 50-53. 
  • 1991          Boswell, Margaret, "Arts Scene," State Journal Register August 8, 1991.
  • 1991          Staff, "Portraits of the Land," Midwest Living, February 1991 p. 51.
  • 1991          Staff, "Revelation and Devotion: The Spirit of Religion in Contemporary Art," Chemung Valley Reporter, January 10, 1991, p. 11.
  • 1991          Review, Twardy, Chuck, "OMA Presents the Real Thing in Realism," The Orlando Sentinel.  March 17, 1991, pp.Fl, ll.
  • 1990          Review, Cohen, Ronny, "James Winn," Art Forum.  May 1990, P. 191.
  • 1990          Grimaldi, Mary Moore, "Trains and Planes: the Influence of Locomotion in American Painting," Dialogue, May/June 1990, p. 30.
  • 1989          Artner, Alan G., "Winn's rural visions evolve with poetic grace," Chicago Tribune, March 23, 1989, Section 5, p. 13.
  • 1989          Wolff, Theodore F., "Spiritual Values in Contemporary Art," American Arts Quarterly, Fall 1989, pp. 23-28.
  • 1988          Bettendorf, Elizabeth, "Of 'Land and Sky: Three Views of the Heartland," The State Journal Register, April 15, 1988, pp. 8-10.
  • 1988          Review, Kimmelman, Michael, "Realism Today," The New York Times, January 8, 1988.
  • 1988          Mullins, Jesse, "New Horizons: Landscape in a Reordered World, 11 Art Today.  Winter 1987-88, pp. 25-32.
  • 1988          Silver, Laura and Froiland, Paul, "James Winn: The Sublime Landscape," U. S. Art.  November 1988, pp. 56-61.
  • 1987          Artner, Alan G., "James Winn's work hones edge," The Chicago Tribune, Section D, March 19, 1987.
  • 1987          Kramer, Hilton, "An Antidote to the Post-modern Blues: Realism Today at the National Academy," The New York Observer, December 28, 1987-January 4, 1988, p.15.
  • 1987          Reimisch, Bonnie, "Winn's Midwestern Landscapes," Daily Chronicle, July 26, 1987, p. 6.
  • 1986          Spector, Buzz, "Under Midwestern Eyes," Art Forum.  October 1986, pp. 112-115.
  • 1985          Arthur, John, "James Winn," American Artist.  September 1985, pp. 60-65, 101, 104.
  • 1985          Auer, James, "Oshkosh show opens the window on Midwest realism," The Milwaukee Journal, May 5, 1985, p. 10.
  • 1985          Review, Staff, "Premiere show opens of Midwest realism," The Oshkosh Northwestern, April 18, 1985.
  • 1983          Review, Artner, Alan G., "James Winn," The Chicago Tribune, July 1, 1983.
  • 1983          Freudenheim, Susan, "Landscape Painting," Art and Architecture, Vol. 1, No. 4, 1983.
  • 1983          Newsletter.  Rahr-West Museum Association, October-November-­December, 1983.
  • 1983          Ramsey, Chris, "The Creative Spark," Cornerstone.  Vol.  II, Issue 64, March 1983.
  • 1981          Review, Moehl, Karl, "James Winn, Mitch Clark," New Art Examiner, June 1981. p.22.

Selected Exhibitions (Solo)

  • 2015       Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI  
  • 2013       Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY 
  • 2011       Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2006       Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1997       Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL 
  • 1994       Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1992       Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1990       Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1989       Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1988       Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1987       Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1986       Union League Club, Chicago, IL
  • 1986       Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1984       Chicago International Exposition, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
    • Solo exhibit at Frumkin and Struve space
  • 1983        Frumkin and Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1982        Sangamon State University, Springfield, IL
  • 1981        Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

Selected Exhibitions (Group)

  • 2014   “Zero Weather,” Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2013   “The Modern Landscape,” Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2013   “25th Anniversary Exhibit,” Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2009    “Birds in Art,” Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
  • 2009    “Inaugural Exhibition,” U.S. Dept. of State Art Bank, Washington, DC
  • 2008    “Summer Selections,” Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY
  • 2008    “Defining the West,” Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2008    “Open Lands,” Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2008    “National Contemporary Realism Show,” M A Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • 2008    “20th Anniversary Exhibit,” Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2007    “Arts Botanica,” Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
  • 2007    “National Contemporary Realism Show,”  M A Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • 2007    “Lotus Lilies,” Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2006    “Botanicus,” Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2006    “Blue Sky, Black Earth: Meditations on the Meeting of Sky and Land,” NorthernIllinois Art Museum, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
  • 2006    “Contemporary Realism 2006,” M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa OK
  • 2005     “Midwest Landscapes,” Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2005     “Contemporary American Realism VIII,” M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • 2004      “The Art Festival for World Peace2004,” Liu Hai Su Art Museum, Shanghai China
  • 2004       “Contemporary American Realism VII,” M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • 2004       “Coast to Coast,” Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2004       “Beyond City Limits: Rural Visions of the Midwest,” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
  • 2004     “Chicago Images,” Frederick Baker Inc., Chicago, IL
  • 2003       “Contemporary American Realism VI,” M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • 2003       “Views of the Heartland,” Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2003       “National Landscape Show: An Urban and Rural Perspective,” M.A. Doran, Tulsa, OK
  • 2002        “Changing Prospects: the view from Mount Holyoke,” Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
  • 2002       “Heartland Landscapes,” Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2002       “Contemporary American Landscapes III,” M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • 2002       “The State We’re In,” Chicago Botanic Garden, Glenco, IL
  • 2001       “Ever Green,” (3 Person) Ann Nathan, Chicago, IL
  • 2001       “The Great Midwest,” (2 Person) Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2000       "American Landscape," Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK, Traveling Exhibition(Catalog)
  • 1999       “Our Good Earth The Landscape at the End of the Century,” Hemphill fine Arts, Washington, DC
  • 1999       "Common Ground, Contemporary Landscape Painting," Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 1999       Gallery Artists, Gerald Peters, Santa Fe, NM
  • 1999       "Views," (3 Person) Ann Nathan, Chicago, IL (Catalog)
  • 1998       Grand Opening Exhibit, Gerald Peters, Santa Fe, NM
  • 1998       "Great Lakes," Traveling Exhibit, Sherry French Gallery, NYC
  • 1998       "Contemporary Works on Paper, 1938-1998” Keny Galleries Columbus, OH
  • 1997       "Landscapes," Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 1997       "Illinois Portfolio," Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois State Museum, Springfield
  • 1996       Three Person Exhibit, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milw., WI
  • 1996         "Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas," Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Traveling Exhibition (Catalog)
  • 1996       "Plain Pictures; Images of the American Prairie," University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX; The Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE (catalog)
  • 1996       "Midwestern Romanticism," Eight person traveling exhibition Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL; Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL; Lakeview Museum of Arts and Science, Peoria, IL Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA; Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; Gahlberg Gallery, Arts Center, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn Illinois (Catalog) 
  • 1996      Gallery Artists Group Exhibit, Ann Nathan, Chicago, IL
  • 1995      "Landscape in Focus," Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 1995      "New Figure, Landscape, and Still Life Paintings by Gallery Artists," Tatistcheff and Company, New York, NY
  • 1995      "Five Aspects of Landscape," Creiger-Dane Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 1995      "Spiritual Inquiries," Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1995      “19th Annual National Invitational Drawing Exhibit," Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
  • 1994     "American Realism and Figurative Painting," Cline Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 1993     "Contemporary American Realism," Sponsor, Daimaru Kobe, Japan
  • 1993     "Nature's Territories/Landscape Paintings," Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 1993     "Career Artists," 53 minute video by Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Il
  • 1992     "The Challenge of the Landscape," Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1992     "A View from Here: Heartland Landscape Painters," McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
  • 1992     "State of the Art 1991,” Parkland College Art Gallery, Champaign, IL
  • 1992     "The Ars Nova Judges Show," NIU Art Museum, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
  • 1992     "Country Roads: Paintings of the American Landscape," Broden Gallery, Madison, WI
  • 1992     "Illinois Prairie Views," Artworks Gallery, Peoria, IL
  • 1991-92 "American Realism & Figurative Art: 1952-1990,” Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai, Miyagi Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga Kochi Prifectural Museum of Art (catalog)
  • 1991     "Group Exhibition of Heartland Artists," Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL 
  • 1991     "Expedition: Estes Park," Sherry French Gallery, NY; R.H. Love Contemporary, Chicago, IL Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS 
  • 1991    "Exquisite Paintings," Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL 1990 "Realist Watercolors,” Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University (catalog)
  • 1989    "The Landscape of the Spirit," The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
  • 1989    "American Art Today: Contemporary Landscape," The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL (catalog)
  • 1989    Galerie Art Du Monde, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1987-88 "Realism Today: American Drawings from the Rita Rich Collection,” National Academy of Design, New York, NY Smith College Gallery, Northampton, MA
  • 1987-88 "In a New Light: Three Views of the Heartland," State of Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL and Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
  • 1987    "Night Light/Night Life," Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY 1985-86 "American Realism,” The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA 
  • 1985    "American Realism: The Precise Image," Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan 
  • 1985    "Heartland Painters," (3-person show) Frumkin and Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL 
    • Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth
    • Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    • Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
    • Southeast Arkansas Arts & Sciences Center, Pine Bluff, AR 
  • 1985     "Midwest Realists," University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Burpee Art Museum, Rockford, IL
  • 1985     "Southern Connections: The Blount Invitational Exhibition," Montgomery, AL 
  • 1985     “81st Chicago and Vicinity Exhibition," The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 1985     Chicago Union League, Chicago, IL
  • 1984     "Sunsets ‘84,” David Findlay Jr., Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1984     Group Exhibition, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1984     "Contemporary and Modern Paintings," Coe Kerr Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1984     "Contemporary Works on Paper," Frumkin and Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1984     "Watercolor USA 1984,” Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
  • 1984     "Painting and Sculpture Today," Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
  • 1984     "A New Look at American Landscape," Rahr West Museum, Manitowoc, WI, and Frumkin and Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1984     "New Vistas: Contemporary American Landscape," Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
  • 1983     "The Mighty Mississippi," The Saint Paul Companies, St. Paul, MN
  • 1983     "Watercolor USA 1983,” Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
  • 1983     "Perspectives of Landscape," Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1983     "Contemporary Images Watercolor: 1983,” University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • 1982     "Romantic Landscapes," Mattingly-Baker Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • 1982     "Watercolor 1982, 11 Illinois State University, Normal, IL; University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire Rahr-West Museum, Manitowoc, WI
  • 1981     "Seven Illinois Painters," Springfield Museum, Springfield, IL
  • 1981     “33rd Annual Mid-States Exhibition," Evansville, IN
  • 1981     “33rd Illinois Invitational," Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
  • 1981     "Watercolor USA," Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
  • 1978     Chicago Union League, Chicago, IL

 

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