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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DINOSAUR magazine: Kate Pierson!June 22, 2015

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by Jim Winters

I just received my latest issue of DINOSAUR and it is BEAUTIFUL! Kate Pierson is on the cover (looking fantastic) and I can’t wait to read her interview. The B-52’s were so influential during my early, new wave years.. I also look forward to hearing her new, solo music – Guitars and Microphones. Go, Kate!


The last issue (volume 01, issue 03) featured my portrait and interview with icon, John Waters, and for this one I was asked to draw one of my favorite writers, Armistead Maupin, for a Q&A with Sean Timberlake. (I must admit I was thinking of the art of Tom of Finland when I made this piece. Even daddies need daddies..)


Also included in this issue are short pieces about San Francisco by current – and previous – residents. The photos are absolutely stunning and I do think I got the best layout. Thanks, Jamie Betts for the incredible images!


Congrats to Steven Gdula and the DINOSAUR crew for another gorgeous issue.
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John Waters & Jim Winters: Lightning Strikes Twice!May 21, 2015

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by Jim Winters

Thanks to my dear friend, illustrator Michael Wertz, I hooked up with Bookshop Santa Cruz to interview John Waters (for the second time!).

This was a LIVE event – a “conversation” discussing his book, Carsick, which is now available in soft cover.

It took place on Tuesday, May 19, on stage at the gorgeous Del Mar Theatre in downtown Santa Cruz.


JW JW Bookshop Santa Cruz


What a night! So much fun.. John, as usual, was charming and hilarious. The event was sold out.

John Waters and JIm Winters

John Waters and Jim Winters


I even got my first mention here as a local artist. I LOVE Santa Cruz!


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DINOSAUR magazine: Waters + WintersFebruary 5, 2015

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by Jim Winters


I am beyond elated to have been granted so much exposure in the latest issue of DINOSAUR magazine (volume 01, issue 03).


DINOSAUR magazine issue 3 cover


11 beautiful, large-format pages!

4 landscape screen prints from my 2011 Travelogue exhibition at Denison Univerisity are re-produced (San Francisco x2, Philadelphia and Berlin), along with an excerpt of the original essay by Gregory Nelson:


DINOSAUR magazine Jim Winters spread 1

DINOSAUR magazine Jim Winters spread 2

DINOSAUR magazine Jim Winters spread 3


Also included in the issue is an interview I conducted with film-maker, artist and personal hero/icon John Waters. The Q & A is accompanied by my screen print portraits of Divine, Liz Renay and Edith Massey as well as a portrait drawing of Mr. Waters:


DINOSAUR magazine John Waters by Jim Winters

DINOSAUR magazine John Waters by Jim Winters


It doesn’t get any better than this. I am grateful and honored to have my work out there in this format.

photo of Jim Winters by Steven Gdula

photo by Steven Gdula


Many, many thanks to Steven Gdula (publisher) and all of the crew at DINOSAUR.

Let’s do more projects together!


Read the online excerpt here.

Get your subscription here.

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Hello, 2015January 3, 2015

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by Jim Winters
This is the last image I made in 2014 – and the first in my new home studio.
5 color reduction screen print on watercolor paper
5″ x 7″

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