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Winston Harris

Winston Harris

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Artist Work

1. Underwater Sax Attack
2017
Hand Pulled/Hand Colored & Collage Etching Print w/Deletion
22" x 26"
2. Midnight Jazz Attack
2017
Hand Pulled Etching Print w/Deletion
28" x 42"
3. Sound Decimals
2018
Hand Pulled Etching (Collage) Print w/Deletion
30” x 54”
Coming To America
2017
Hand Colored Collage Etching Print w/Deletion
28" x 42"
Sounds of Blackness
2017
Hand Colored Collage Etching Print
26” x 18”
The Roots/ Jazz Hour Journey
2017
Hand Colored Etching Print w/Deletion
22" x 39"

Artist Information

County
Prince George's County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My printmaking process (Mono-Etching-dry-point etching techniques with water-based inks) involves modifying the artwork by introducing two or more disciplines into one format, transforming two-dimensional prints into three-dimensional forms, combining of mediums, reinventing images by recycling past artwork into new identities. An example of this progression continued in 2017, I started applying manual deletion technique after the print has been produced. I discovered using this self taught method to remove layers of ink build up from the surface. This allowed me to refurnish, resurface and refine the print’s undercoating in order to identify the brilliant colors and present bold stencil like patterns embedded in the etching design. I’ve furthered integrate a collage process, creating a hybrid and/or combining hand-colored processes like watercolors, colored pencils, pens, charcoal, paints, etc. to the surfaces. The artworks assembled combine an abstract expressionism format to identify my relationship with mentors and their influence on the development of my artwork. Inspirational sound tracks like (1994 Sounds of Blackness- Africa to America the journey of the Drums) helped to unify both transition by providing an artistic narrative for the artwork “Sounds of Blackness” conceptual theme. This transition is continued in the “Midnight Jazz Hour” series serves to introduce my interpretation of elements to represent visual association applied under an abstract expressionist design format. My interest is to stimulate concepts and to question how American music may look as visual soundtracks. Thereby, extending and/or reinventing my series to reflect my ideology of images associated with conceptual themes. The artwork will symbolize my attempt to create unification between different ethnicity and how images and/or social iconic designs are adopted and identified with their particular cultural ideology. With these series, the viewer will recognize the importance and impact of spirituality and nature in visual communication and examine contemporary imagery.

Artist Bio

As a resident of Prince George's County, Winston W. Harris earned printmaking degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, (BFA) and Howard University (MFA). (2016-2017) Finalist Artist: Purple Line Transit Partners Project and Sandy Spring Museum (Guest Artist Program). With four grants from the Prince George Arts Council, Harris conducted artist in residencies and works with a selected group of established artists who assist with his growth as he strives to further his knowledge as a printmaker.  His strategy has been to create a contemporary experiment in printmaking and to challenge his beliefs of conceptual breakthroughs related to historic and contemporary artists.  He hopes from this inspiration he will continue to develop artwork of substance. His artwork is currently in collections: United States Department of State-Washington, DC, The Library of Congress-Washington, DC, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The David C. Driskell Center-College Park, MD, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities-Washington, DC, The Federal Reserve Bank-Richmond, VA. And Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Baltimore, MD etc…