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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Super Feature at KikiMay 1, 2014

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by Jim Winters

In the spring and summer of 1993 I was making screen printed vinyl stickers and putting them up around San Francisco with Gregory Nelson, my partner at the time – an enthusiastic slap tagger and my favorite art cohort. There were 4 initial images: Sparkling Clean, Super Feature, Gourmet Homestyle and Heavy Duty.



That June I went to a recently-opened (tiny), storefront space called The Kiki Gallery in the Mission and introduced myself to Rick Jacobsen, the gallery director, by giving him stickers of nurses. The first show he had mounted was called Caca at Kiki, (it was about feces). Rick had a great sense of humor and a love for the disturbing; he and Gregory and I bonded quickly.



Rick asked to see my other work and I invited him over for a studio visit. I was appropriating a lot of medical imagery from old textbooks and re-creating vintage illustrations of little boys faces. (Now I can see how clearly all these pieces stemmed from my own fear of AIDS at that time). Rick honed in right away – seeing humor within the horror – and offered me a solo exhibition. My first-ever solo show was to be Kiki’s second exhibition. The pieces in the show were a combination of vinyl stickers and screen prints on wood. The name Super Feature comes from a Walgreen’s advertising slogan that appeared on store placards (specifically the Walgreen’s in San Francisco’s Castro district at 18th and Castro).



During the short period I knew Rick we became good friends and I helped out at Kiki by screen printing signage, booklet covers and even the image on the Kikibox – a collection of small works by Kiki artists.


The Kiki Gallery lived a fast and furious 18 months and my work was subsequently included in two group shows: Bong! and Fanta. Many artists came out of this small gallery in San Francisco’s Mission district to become quite notable in larger art contexts. Some of my favorites are Chris Johanson, Rex Ray, Jerome Caja, D-L Alvarez, and Catherine Opie.


Rick ended up moving back home to Wisconsin to live after he became too ill to stay in San Francisco. He had closed the gallery in 1995. I was so unnerved by his getting sick that I didn’t go to say goodbye to him when he left (unnerved = young, stupid and afraid). At the time I hadn’t had many close friends become this ill (or die) and regret to this day not making the effort to connect one last time. He passed away in February 1997.


I miss you, Rick. You gave me the first opportunity to show my work in San Francisco and were one of my biggest champions. I thank you for that. I can’t help but wonder how things would have worked out (for all of us) had you been able to stick around longer.



In 2008, a show honoring Rick’s legacy entitled Kiki: The Proof Is In The Pudding was held at San Francisco’s Ratio 3 gallery.
You can read about it here.


Some reviews:
SF Weekly


San Francisco author, Kevin Killian, has done extensive writing about Rick and Kiki and earlier this month Dennis Cooper’s blog featured some of it.


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Ladies/GentlemenApril 12, 2014

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by Jim Winters

Attention Facebook users! I just uploaded an album of over 80 images encompassing 20 years of drag and transgender portraits.

Check it out here (click on the image):

Please feel free to ‘Like’ my Facebook business page:

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LikenessMarch 14, 2014

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Still feeling the afterglow from being at Denison University in Granville, Ohio last week. Everything from the student critiques, to the panel discussion to the actual show itself was a great experience. Many thanks to Ron Abram for curating the exhibition and bringing it all together.

My work is in such great company:

Christian Faur, a Denison professor, painstakingly constructs crayon portraits. These works are based on intricate color formulas and each crayon is hand-cast.

Susan Moore, my favorite drawing teacher at Tyler School of Art, makes delicate figure drawings showcasing the subject’s tattoos.

Karen Schmidt, one of my best friends and an inspiration for my own portrait work, is sharing 288 intimate, miniature paintings from her Send Me Your Head series.

Fourteen gray on black reduction screen prints from my Presence series are also included.

One of the big hits of the show is the collaboration between Karen and I on a series we call Drag Masks. I chose 6 portraits I had made of friends of mine who are local drag personalities – as well as icons Divine and Dolly Parton – and Karen translated the faces into knitted head masks.

You can see photos of opening night here.

Likeness: Portraits by Four Contemporary Artists runs through April 4, 2014.

Thanks again to all those who helped make the show happen and to Denison University for hosting us.






Curator’s Statement

My grandfather was born in Puerto Rico in 1902. I was always struck as a kid that anytime anyone ever took his photograph, Papa would say “Thank You.” Growing up in the age that he did, photography was still very special and he saw it as an honor that someone would want to have his likeness for themselves.

In the “Selfie” drenched/IPhone ubiquitous culture that we live in today perhaps the charm of that perspective is gone. Our likenesses fill the Internet like water from a faucet.

Likeness: Portraits by Four Contemporary Artists has been organized in conjunction with this year’s final Spectrum themed series at Denison, Real Utopias: From Dreams to Practice. As I thought about what makes a utopia or dystopia, I came to the conclusion that what defines either are the people that make up any given community and the relationships formed within. Like the people that make up our small community at Denison, this exhibition brings together a collection of independent portraits that speak individually to the viewer but also connect to one another to form a collective expression. The strong use of mathematics, grids and series work by the artists speak to the inter-connectedness of us all. Through the chosen mediums of painting, drawing, print, knit sculpture and video, the four artists incorporate technology only as a means with which to observe their subjects and seek out the larger metaphorical issues of what it means to be humans in our complex contemporary world.

Ron Abram
March 2014

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