Terry Winters

Terry Winters
Born:
1949
Birthplace:
Brooklyn, New York, United States

About Terry Winters

For four decades, Terry Winters’s paintings have mapped natural biological processes through abstract forms, lines, and color. Winters considers science to be “a neutral, and neutralizing, structure: a kind of blank metaphor which can be loaded with all the poetry occurring on the pictorial film of the painting.” His first excursions into organic shapes came by sketching botanical spores, pods, and stamens from natural history museums and books. These drawings became a catalyst for the subject matter of his paintings, in which organic tubes, cavities, and cavernous holes stretch over large expansive canvases.
 
In 2000, Winters worked with Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas to create and install a series of sixty paintings, known as Set Diagrams, at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York. The collaboration with Koolhaas allowed the architectural structure within Winters’s paintings to extend into the physical environment of the gallery. Winters describes Set Diagrams as a “hysterical investigation” of nature, believing biological processes to be inherently erratic. “I’m trying to make a diagrammatic abstraction that allows for coordinates to be established within which an investigation takes place,” Winters commented, “but the investigation is necessarily kind of hysterical because the process is unpredictable.” Winters’s coordinates are plotted through spheres, charts, and graphs, reminiscent of data arranged in physics or biology textbooks. The points dissolve underneath chaotic lines and arrows, evoking abstract interpretations of blueprints, or architectural maps.

By Terry Winters in the Collection

Terry Winters
1985
oil on linen
101 x 71 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (256.54 x 181.61 x 3.18 cm)
Terry Winters
1996
oil, alkyd resin, mica, graphite on linen
95 x 115 in. (241.3 x 292.1 cm)
Terry Winters
1988
oil on linen
105 x 150 in. (266.7 x 381 cm)
Terry Winters
1995
oil on linen
67 x 90 in. (170.18 x 228.6 cm)
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Terry Winters
1987
gouache on paper
10 3/4 x 15 in. (27.31 x 38.1 cm)
Terry Winters
1995
graphite on paper
10 7/8 x 14 3/4 in. (27.62 x 37.47 cm)
Terry Winters
1985
oil on linen
90 x 121 in. (228.6 x 307.34 cm)
Terry Winters
1985-86
gouache and graphite on paper
12 x 8 1/2 in. (30.48 x 21.59 cm)
Terry Winters
1985-86
gouache and graphite on paper
12 x 8 1/2 in. (30.48 x 21.59 cm)
Terry Winters
1985-86
watercolor and graphite on paper
12 x 8 1/2 in. (30.48 x 21.59 cm)
Terry Winters
1985-86
oil and graphite on paper
12 x 8 1/2 in. (30.48 x 21.59 cm)
Terry Winters
2000
oil on linen
36 x 39 3/8 in. (91.44 x 100.01 cm)
Terry Winters
2000
oil on linen
39 3/8 x 36 in. (100.01 x 91.44 cm)
On View
Terry Winters
2000
oil on linen
39 3/8 x 36 in. (100.01 x 91.44 cm)
On View
Terry Winters
2000
oil on linen
39 3/8 x 36 in. (100.01 x 91.44 cm)
On View
Terry Winters
2000
oil on linen
39 3/8 x 36 in. (100.01 x 91.44 cm)
On View
Terry Winters
2000
oil on linen
39 3/8 x 36 in. (100.01 x 91.44 cm)
On View
Terry Winters
2000
oil on linen
38 3/8 x 36 in. (97.47 x 91.44 cm)
On View
Terry Winters
2000
oil on linen
39 3/8 x 36 in. (100.01 x 91.44 cm)
On View
Terry Winters
2000
oil on linen
36 x 39 3/8 in. (91.44 x 100.01 cm)
Terry Winters
2000
oil on linen
39 3/8 x 36 in. (100.01 x 91.44 cm)
On View
Terry Winters
1999
oil on linen
82 5/8 x 116 3/16 in. (209.87 x 295.12 cm)
Terry Winters
1990
oil on linen
96 x 132 in. (243.84 x 335.28 cm)
Terry Winters
1984
oil on canvas
81 x 104 in. (205.74 x 264.16 cm)
Terry Winters
1993
watercolor on paper
22 1/4 x 30 1/4 in. (56.52 x 76.84 cm)
Terry Winters
1984
charcoal, chalk and crayon on paper
51 x 39 x 1 1/2 in. (129.54 x 99.06 x 3.81 cm)
Terry Winters
1993
acrylic on paper
29 3/4 x 41 1/2 in. (75.57 x 105.41 cm)
Terry Winters
1993
acrylic on paper
29 3/4 x 41 1/2 in. (75.57 x 105.41 cm)