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Within Reach Within Reach 2016 Art Auction
Participating Artist

Dennis Winston

Mechanicsville, VA

'Rt. 33: Fall,' Woodcut Print, by Dennis Winston

Rt. 33: Fall
2015, Woodcut Print, 16x12x1 inches
Retail Value $500

Artist Statement

My primary medium is the woodcut print. The woodcut allows me to use direct, bold, black and white imagery to create works that reflect both my social and aesthetic needs. My purpose is to capture the essence of my subjects and at the same time make the surface marks interesting to the eye. I want to provoke thought from the viewer and reveal in my subjects something of their character and the spirit that sustains them. Recently I have been experimenting with the monotype as a means to expand my work. A major aspect of my exploration is to allow myself more opportunity to explore more abstract imagery and to explore the relationship of shapes, color, texture and the act of drawing in my observation of the natural environment. Sometimes these shapes and creative experiments appear as human images, sometimes as enigmatic forces that suggest natural phenomena, or they may suggest a mood or reaction to a particular place or activity. I am finding more freedom of creativity in pursuit of this direction and the work poses many challenges and the process of this direction continues to generate a multiplicity of forms and ideas which are combining with my training and aesthetic awareness to allow more direct expression.


Dennis R. Winston is a Virginia artist and educator. He is a graduate of Norfolk State University and the University of Richmond and has done post-graduate work at the University of Colorado and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has served on the faculties of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University and the Governor's School of South Carolina. He retired as the Coordinator of Arts Education and the Humanities Center for the Richmond Public Schools.

Winston has received honors both locally and nationally as an artist and as an educator. He has been included in an educational multimedia series entitled, "African American Artists: Past and Present," and recently was included in the textbook publication "Below the Surface; Ethnic Echoes in America’s Modern and Contemporary Art". His work can be found in a number of publications on artists and exhibitions nationally.

Winston's work can be found in many private and public collections. Some recent collectors include; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the University of Virginia Medical Center, Capital One Corporation, Apex Museum of African American Art, Lynchburg College Museum, Indiana University Museum of PA., University of Richmond Museum, National Civil Rights Museum, Medical College of Virginia, Bowie State University, Childsavers of Richmond, Longwood University, St. Mary's Hospital, Museum of African American Art of Dallas, Bank of America, First Market Bank, and The Bank on the James of Lynchburg.

He has been a recipient of a public arts commission from the City of Richmond and an artist fellowship award from the Virginia Commission of the Arts for works on paper. The woodcut print is his primary medium of expression and he is a member of One/Off Printmakers.


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