Monday, December 12, 2005

Brad Winchester, Dismantle

I enjoy walking in the woods in the company of my wife, Colleen. My camera listens to the light as it whispers through the trees. On occasion, we come across a fragment of some remnant from a past dwelling, perhaps remaining bricks from the chimney or stones from the foundation. All are over grown with vines and brush. A tree, sometimes huge, may reside in what was once living quarters. Nature reclaims her domain.
I get the same sort of feeling from the "Dismantle" series of prints by Brad Winchester, one of which is on display at the Hoffman LaChance Gallery.
It is a tri-point etching with watercolors and charcoal pencil done on a beautiful, soft, toned paper. The etching is straight line, an obvious creation from the hand of man. It is not uniform, as though time has chipped away and dismantled it. The watercolors helps define areas which have print and together give the piece good depth. However, it is the charcoal pencil which sets this work apart. Fine line which is not straight seems organic in nature. Built up to compliment the watercolors/print, it provides shading for even greater depth. Printing was done in the Saint Louis Artists' Guild open print studio.
Brad, a graduate from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is currently working in oil on larger scale and has a show of this work in KC.


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