Black is Beautiful!July 7, 2016

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by Jim Winters


black is beautiful


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Reduction Screen Printing ExplainedJuly 6, 2016

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by Jim Winters

A friend of mine bought a couple of my Santa Cruz landscape reduction prints the other day. He mentioned that it might be a good idea for me to include some sort of explanation of the process with each print, because people might not really know what exactly reduction screen printing is. I guess I have been doing it so long, and it is so familiar to me, that the process seems obvious. It’s not. Let me illuminate!

Most people probably associate screen printing with the making of T-shirts – possibly it’s most popular function. I got into it as a high school kid because of my obsession with Andy Warhol. He pioneered the use of using screen printing (along with Robert Rauschenberg) in a fine art context.

I like to think of screen printing as a stencil process. The stencil, instead of being cut from paper or plastic and printed with a paint brush, sponge or spray paint, is actually a film, or a painted area adhered to a transparent mesh that acts like a mask. When printing, the ink – passed over the screen with a squeegee – goes through only the negative/open areas of the screen and makes an image on the surface you are printing on.

The “reduction” process is not unlike the Japanese woodblock or even a linoleum cut. In those methods, you cut the wood or linoleum and then print the block. Cut some more and then print more. During the process the block is permanently changed.

I took my friends advice and designed some cards to accompany each print I sell from here on out. I have tried to describe the process as simply as possible:

reduction screen printing cards


A couple years back I made a short video in an effort to demystify the process. In it, I am making one of my favorite reduction screen prints – a film still portrait of Divine from John Waters’ 1972 cult masterpiece, Pink Flamingos. (Be patient – it’s over 7 minutes long.) You can watch it here:


My goal is to turn people on to the amazing process of reduction screen printing. I love it! It has its own unique challenges that are different from traditional screen printing, but I find it more enjoyable (each project is like solving a visual puzzle), more organic (you make decisions about colors and forms as you go along, not with the entire project planned out carefully in advance) and a lot more efficient (no stacks of silkscreen frames lying around the studio)..

I taught this process while I was an artist-in-residence at Denison University in the fall of 2011. It was a great experience showing these students a new printing process. I welcome the opportunity to teach more. (If you know any art teachers, please feel free to pass along my contact information.)

The images below show me making a simple 2 color print. In this case, I used one screen, but painted two separate stencils.

jim winters at denison university

jim winters at denison university

jim winters at denison university

jim winters at denison university

The image is Miss X from the 1991 cult/drag/sci-fi film, Vegas in Space, directed by Phillip R. Ford.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

On a last note, I have just added a bunch of landscape screen prints – from my Travelogue show – to my online store. They are “on SALE”!

Take a look:
The Jim Winters Store

I also updated my website to feature my most recent Santa Cruz and San Francisco prints and paintings.

Thanks for reading. Over and out until next time..

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Oil Paintings, January 2016April 2, 2016

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by Jim Winters

I began some (water mixable) oil paintings in the early part of this year – all local scenes – and finished the larger one (below) at the end of April. This is a totally different process than I am used to with screen printing, acrylics or even drawing. It’s all about patience. And waiting.. It was good to work on several at one time.


Capitola Trestle View
oil on panel
18” x 18” x 1.5”


soquel morning

Soquel Morning
oil on panel
8” x 8” x 1.5”


pleasure point sunset

Pleasure Point Sunset
oil on panel
8” x 8” x 1.5”


moonrise capitola

Moonrise Capitola
oil on panel
8” x 8” x 1.5”


capitola beach

Capitola Beach
oil on panel
8” x 8” x 1.5”


moss landing power plant

Moss Landing Power Plant
oil on panel
8” x 8” x 1.5”




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Dinosaur: The Issue That Fell To EarthNovember 22, 2015

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by Jim Winters

Dinosaur Magazine, Fall 2015, Volume 2, Number 1

20 portraits in Dinosaur magazine’s David Bowie tribute issue. Two of them are hand-drawn (water soluble crayon on watercolor paper) and the remaining 18 are digital illustrations – looking a lot like screen prints – made layer by layer, in Illustrator.
(see Tilda.gif at the bottom of this post)

Dinosaur cover boy: Perfume Genius (Egon Shiele inspired photo spread by Steven Miller) and my drawings of Giorgio Moroder – now and then:


From Dinosaur’s first annual “50 Over 50 List”:

Prince, Iman and David Bowie by Jim Winters

Prince, Iman, David Bowie

Tilda Swinton, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond and Rei Kawakubo by Jim Winters

Tilda Swinton, Justin Vivian Bond, Rei Kawakubo

Debbie Harry, Nick Cave and Ai Weiwei by Jim Winters

Debbie Harry, Nick Cave, Ai Weiwei

Billy Idol, Viv Albertine, Vivienne Westwood

George Takei, Chuck Close, Bryan Ferry

Duff McKagan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Des Barres by Jim Winters

Duff McKagan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Des Barres



Tilda Swinton by Jim Winters

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I’ve gone .GIF crazy!September 25, 2015

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by Jim Winters

Thanks to my good friend, Robbie Daniels aka Jer Ber Jones, who recently suggested that I try animating some of my paintings, I have binged on making animated .gifs of my prints, stickers and portraits. SO MUCH FUN!

The first four I made were of my reduction screen print landscapes of San Francisco. I scanned each color during the printing process, so the resulting .gif shows the prints being constructed, color by color.


18th & Taraval


Douglass Street


Ocean Park Motel


Van Ness and California


Then I moved on to portraits. I made one of a print I collaborated with Robbie on – a portrait of Caroline Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie (!) – and then on to portraits of my talented friends – Juanita MORE!, Kenny Mellman and Justin Vivian Bond (as Kiki & Herb).


Caroline by Jer Ber Jones


Rainbow Juanita MORE!


Kiki & Herb


My dearly departed friend, Gregory Nelson, also gets the treatment from a portrait on a sticker I made of him in the 1990’s (Golden Brown).


Golden Brown


My 2013 show, Presence, at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art featured 60+ reduction screen print portraits. I scanned each color during the process and my partner, Jeff Stallings, made a film of them blending into each other. You can see that film here.
I made this .gif which sort of acts the same way, but I love this one because it creates a kind of life-like portrait, (in this case, Jeff). I intend to animate more of the Presence portraits and also explore the idea of the animated portrait more in the future. Lots of exciting possibilities here!


Jeff Stallings


And, last but not least, a wee bit of atheist humor – my reduction screen print of Frankenstein and Jesus. Love this one! Not an intentional nod to the third album by the Dead Kennedys, but a nod nonetheless..


Silver & Gold


More to come!
Stay tuned..

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