(American, b. 1949)
Dusk No. 16, 1985.
Acrylic on paper.
18 1/2 x 55 inches.
Gund Gallery Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund ’63.
James Winn’s work is inspired by the boundless landscapes of the Midwest. He seeks to capture the in-between moments where the sky and land meet in spiritual unison. His photorealistic paintings of humble rural geography capture the legacy of the Romantics as past and present combine in timeless imagery. Winn elevates the humble agrarian to an exalted reverence through painstaking detail and strict adherence to his craft. His paintings emanate a sense of wonder in the face of their conventional subject matter. He earned his Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science, and Master of Fine Arts all from Illinois State University, geographically linking him to his subject matter. His art is collected by many institutions, especially in the Midwest including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Frito-Lay Corporation in Dallas; the Hallmark Cards Company in Kansas City; Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago; and the State Department in Washington DC.