Announcing a new book on an important American artist

Book update from author Susie Kalil

Tucked between the hundreds of pages of documents, correspondence, letters, personal journals and archival materials that Roger Winter has been sending this past year, I found a notation he had carefully written on a napkin, perhaps several decades ago:

What is heaven, but man's dreams? What is earth, but man's perceptions?

For Winter—now 82—art has been a calling, not a career move. For all the "marketing" talk about artists who follow their own lights, there are very few who really take that risk, and fewer still who sustain it year in and year out.

To the many generous donors of the Roger Winter book project (and to prospective contributors): I am currently immersed in extensive research and organization of the monograph, which will be published by Texas A&M University Press. The book will address the power and skill of an artist who has captured the vital impulses of the land and of humanity in a visual language developed over a lifetime.

Publication specifications
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Hardcover, 10-1/4" x 11-1/4", 250-300 pages
Lavishly illustrated: 200 images, full page color plates, important archival photographs

Significant throughout is a commitment by the artist to his craft and a matchless ability to interpret people and landscapes, turning them into stories animated by his own deepest emotions. In doing so, Winter puts essential truths before us—the brevity and immensity of life. His realism butts up against his romanticism, even as the existentialist in him has searched for ways to coexist with the artist. His work is half fire, half ice.

Winter is among the very few who have consistently pushed boundaries in an ongoing quest for self discovery and spiritual transcendence. He has connected Texas to the world: England, New York, Maine, New Mexico, Greenland, Iceland and points beyond. He is the vital link between generations of Texas artists—mentors and teachers during 1952-56 at the University of Texas, Austin, include Loren Mozley, Robert McDonald Graham, Constance Forsyth, Everett Spruce and William Lester—and as an esteemed faculty member of Southern Methodist University, 1963-89. Winter's past students include nationally recognized artists John Alexander, David Bates, Robert Yarber, Tracy Harris, Gail Norfleet, Lilian Garcia-Roig and Stephen Mueller.

This book will be the first to examine Winter's art in a critical context—its prodigious breadth and great wingspan. Winter redefines the possibilities of portraiture and landscape, bringing to both genres an intimacy, urban swagger and psychological vulnerability with equal authority and self knowledge. A main theme to emerge is a profound understanding of human loneliness. Just beneath the confident paint handling and luminous hues are the insecurities of an isolated boy growing up by the railroad tracks in Denison, Texas—poor conditions which have given his art depth and dimension.

The book will provide a gripping account of Winter's artistic roots, deftly mapping early influences and the discovery of his own voice. At the center of Winter's art is the passage of time—how people, events and places can mean different things at different stages of one's life. Throughout, Winter's work does not proceed in a fixed chronological arc from one subject or destination to another; it meanders between his interior life and his life in the world, connecting memories, reflections and dreams.

About Susie Kalil

Susie Kalil is a former Core Fellow in Critical Studies at the Glassell School of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Kalil co-curated (with Barbara Rose) for the MFAH the landmark exhibition Fresh Paint: The Houston School and curated The Texas Landscape 1900-1986. A frequent contributor to publications including ArtNews, Artforum, Art in America, Cite and Sculpture, she previously served as managing editor of the Texas journal Artlies and Spot, the Houston Center for Photography magazine.

Kalil is the author of the award-winning book Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary and curator of the Hogue retrospective and exhibition, which traveled to the Art Museum of South Texas, the Grace Museum, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, as well as the Rockwell Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and Gilcrease Museum. She is the author of the recent monograph Dorothy Hood: The Color of Being/El Color del Ser and curator of the Hood retrospective.

We are asking for your support of this project

Roger Winter: Fire and Ice target publication date is Spring 2020. We are in the process of raising $100,000 for research, manuscript, photography, editing and production. Will you contribute to the production of this important book?

Make your check out to "Roger Winter Book Fund" and send it care of: Kirk Hopper Fine Art, 3008 Commerce Street, Dallas TX 75226. Questions to 214-760-9230.

Levels of giving

All donors will have their names listed on the book's funding page. Ice donors will be acknowledged on a separate title page.

$20,000 and above
Large Greenland/ Iceland painting

$10,000 and above
Mid sized painting

$5,000 and above
Larger drawing or small painting

$1,200 and above
Small drawing

Self Portrait, 2013, oil on linen, 38" x 32"

Texas Odyssey #1, 1994, oil on linen, 24" x 36"

Black Freighter, 2012, oil on linen, 60" x 60"

Snow Moon, 1994, oil on linen, 48" x 72", courtesy Portland Museum of Art