b. 1945, USA

Winston Roeth Biography

Winston Roeth is born in Chicago in 1945.

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As an art student, he attends the University of Illinois, the University of New Mexico, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

During the 1960s, in the early stages of his artistic career, he comes across some artists who will deeply influence his practice.

In 1963, while visiting the Art Institute in Chicago he sees for the first time Ad Reinhardt's 'Black Square'; "I didn't know what it was about, but I knew it was about something" he later confesses. From then on, Reinhardt's work becomes a point of reference for Roeth. Three years later, Roeth is particularly startled by 'Nebraska', a painting by Brice Marden. Something about it is "new" and "open" to Roeth, and he will continue to value those qualities.

In 1968-69, while attending the Royal College of Art in London, Roeth paints a series of single-colored paintings (9ft x 12ft), which are breakthroughs for him. In the words of Roeth "The paintings began with the first stroke and ended when the entire surface was filled. It took me days to complete it with a very small brush. One color... it was enough. I felt free". In 1974, at the Robert Elkon Gallery in NYC, he sees a group of small grid drawings by Agnes Martin. Never before he had seen anything so "clear" and "focused". The small pen and ink drawings are transcendent.

The phenomenology of color, light, and space represent central issues in his painting practice. Following years of research exploring light and color on material surfaces, he has developed the core of his technique. Making use of a brush, he applies layer upon layer of pure pigments mixed with water and polyurethane dispersion to slowly and extensively explore the surface. He strives to find color saturations that turn the pigments into the light.Nowadays, Winston Roeth is a globally known artist. His studios are based in Mid-Coast Maine and Beacon, NY; however, he exhibits extensively in Europe, mainly in Germany and Italy.

He is one of a selected group of artists in the prestigious art collection of Giuseppe Panza di Biumo.

He lives and works with his wife, Susan Osberg, a choreographer and dancer. He has worked with her in the Dance Theatre creating set designs and collaborating with lighting designer Susanne Poulin.

Text courtesy Osart Gallery.

Winston Roeth Featured Artworks

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To be with you by Winston Roeth contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Winston Roeth To be with you, 2014 Kremer pigments and polyurethane dispersion on 12 poplar wood panels
50.8 x 29.2 cm
Osart Gallery Contact Gallery
Suite of Seven Slates : Cologne Assembly by Winston Roeth contemporary artwork painting
Winston Roeth Suite of Seven Slates : Cologne Assembly, 2007 Pigment and Polurethan dispersion on Slate
Bartha Contemporary Contact Gallery
Is It Any Wonder? by Winston Roeth contemporary artwork print
Winston Roeth Is It Any Wonder?, 2020 Kremer pigments and polyurethane dispersion on poplar panels
271.8 x 101.6 cm
Ingleby Contact Gallery
Muse by Winston Roeth contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Winston Roeth Muse, 2017 Kremer pigments and polyurethane dispersion on dibond panel
101 x 101 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Ambitions Wanders Blind by Winston Roeth contemporary artwork painting
Winston Roeth Ambitions Wanders Blind, 2019 Kremer pigments and poly-urethane dispersion on honey comb panel
215 x 102 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Easy Lover by Winston Roeth contemporary artwork painting
Winston Roeth Easy Lover, 2009 Tempera on 20 slate tiles
210.7 x 162.5 cm
Ingleby Contact Gallery
Black/Green by Winston Roeth contemporary artwork painting
Winston Roeth Black/Green, 2004 Tempera on MDF
61 x 61 cm
Bartha Contemporary Contact Gallery
Red / Gold by Winston Roeth contemporary artwork painting
Winston Roeth Red / Gold, 2007 Pigments and polyurethane on dibond panel
86.4 x 86.4 cm
Bartha Contemporary Contact Gallery

Winston Roeth Current & Recent Exhibitions

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