Tears of a ClownSeptember 10, 2017

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by Jim Winters

I reprised and augmented my clown show at NIAD in Richmond, CA. The opening reception was yesterday. What a great day and a fun party! Thanks to everyone who showed up, the crew at NIAD and especially to my friend, Tim Buckwalter, who is the Gallery Director there and who invited me to show my work.


puffo by jim winters


My husband, Jeff, made this fantastic video to promote the show and my good friend, Mihca aka SIEGFRIED&DESTROY, created a beautiful cover version of the song Tears of a Clown.


Jim Winters: Tears of a Clown from Jeff Stallings on Vimeo.


This my blah, blah, blah about the work:

I think clowns get a bad rap these days. Their image has transformed from the comic goofball into a horror icon (thanks in part to real-life serial murderer, John Wayne Gacy, novelist, Stephen King, and one of my favorite films, Killer Klowns from Outer Space). Most people now seem to have an ingrained aversion. Clowns can definitely be disturbing, I’ll give you that, but for me, therein lies both the charm and the frisson. I prefer to add my own (sometimes) sinister take on a wholesome-looking clown rather than see an outright creepy horror clown. That’s too easy and obvious. I thrill at the manic happiness, the slapstick silliness and most of all, the exaggerated sadness of the classic circus clown. The frowning clown holding a broken flower with a tear streaming down his cheek moves me.. Perhaps he is preemptively mourning his loss of status in the hierarchy of revered male entertainers. “You used to love me!”

A good friend recently said, “There is a thin line between a clown and a drag queen.” I totally agree. A clown is basically a type of masculine drag, but men wearing make-up in any context has a certain power. The clowns in this show are intended to amuse and unsettle, not to scare. (Is it even possible now for a clown to elicit subtle reactions?) The source material was vintage paint-by-number paintings and mid-century photographs. The death/suicide series is a clown graphic of my own.


tears of a clown by jim winters


tears of a clown video credits

niad and jim winters logos


Installation views:

jim winters clown show installation view 1

jim winters clown show installation view 2


Me and Tim on installation day:

jim and tim at niad


cram it clownie


My clown graphic, Mo the Clown:

mo the clown by jim winters

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I dream of wiresAugust 27, 2017

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by Jim Winters

New reduction screenprint:

I Dream of Wires (East Cliff at Pearl)
11 color reduction screenprint mounted on panel, ed. 24

(Available at Agency in downtown Santa Cruz.)

i dream of wires

i dream of wires

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early summer san franciscoJuly 9, 2017

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by Jim Winters

I went up to San Francisco in early June to see a new performance by my good friend, Monique Jenkinson, at the ODC Theater. The following day I walked from our hotel to visit the new SFMOMA. It was a crisp sunny morning and I took lots of pictures. Everything was so clear and bright. I have been gone for almost 3 years and the city seemed like a new place – different somehow. I loved it again. I made these reduction screen prints from my favorite 4 images.
They will be available at Perch in San Francisco, at Agency in Santa Cruz, or you can contact me directly.


14 color reduction screenprint mounted on panel, ed. 28


woerners mounted


Floor 7
10 color reduction screenprint mounted on panel, ed. 18

floor 7

floor 7 mounted


St. Mary’s
10 color reduction screenprint mounted on panel, ed. 19

st mary's

st mary's mounted


F Market
10 color reduction screenprint mounted on panel, ed. 17

F Market

F Market mounted

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I see clownsJune 1, 2017

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by Jim Winters
I just installed my lil’ clown show at the finest men’s shop in Santa Cruz – Stripe MEN. Such a pleasure working with the team there. Special thanks to Ry, Anne, Emily and Leda.
For those of you that aren’t in the area and can’t see the real deal, this post includes all of the images.
While I totally enjoyed making these paintings and screen prints, the piece I am most excited about is my collaboration with MarDawg Surfboards. You can check out mardawgsurf on Instagram.
surfboard mo

The paintings are all 5″x7″ and are Flashe on wooden panels.











Big Boy


The prints are 4 color reduction silkscreens measuring 8″ square.


Four Eyes
four eyes






Go ahead and watch this until you have a siezure! BOIOIOIOIOIOIOING!!!

i see clowns


Some installation views:

installation view 1

installation view 02

installation view 03

installation view 04

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Baxter & BlancheApril 29, 2017

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by Jim Winters

I just wrapped up a painting commission – a double portrait of 2 dogs. It was a great project and a surprise from one husband to another. I loved doing this painting and these guys are awesome – friends and long-time collectors of my work. Thanks Russ and Scott!



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