KHFA exhibition archives

Collages: 1968-2012, Portraits: 2013

Roger Winter
April 20-May 25, 2013
Opening reception Saturday, April 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artist in attendance
Noted Space

In a painting, alone in a landscape a figure is walking away, back to the viewer. I am hooked. I want to know who this person is and where the scene is taking place. It is all strangely familiar; a sense of reckoning becoming a realization that whoever it is in that nameless wherever, I face a similar journey. Such are the metaphysical powers of the artist Roger Winter.

Installation view

His labyrinthine marks of paint ultimately yield images via paths of resonant memory and are particular expressions of Winter's painterly means. Yet in another manifestation of his creative reach they co-exist in a lifelong contemplation and involvement with collage.

Now, in a trove of small, intimate portraits, Winter has released a splendor of saturated color celebrating the flatness and tactility of paper in nothing less than a jazzy, Whitmanesque rill on the multiplicity of "we the people." The collages are based on casual pencil drawings of the faces he sees on the streets and in the subways of his adopted NYC. Winter takes his solitary walks there but he is not alone; we follow, utterly charmed.
—Eileen Mislove, based on conversations with Marty Greenbaum, February 2013

Roger Winter, born in Denison, Texas, currently lives and works in Santa Fe and New York. He holds a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He returned to Texas in 1961 where he taught drawing and painting at Southern Methodist University for twenty six years. His works are included in permanent collections at the Dallas Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, the Meadows Museum of Art, and the McNay Museum in San Antonio.

13 Heads, 2003-2006, collage with painted paper and ink, 32" x 16-1/2"