Sarah Winkler is a British born contemporary landscape artist working in Colorado, USA. She studied Art and Earth Science at William Paterson University, New Jersey, and combines both subjects in her geological landscapes and environmental artworks. She is best known for her mountain and desert landscape interpretations of the American West.
Winkler reaches for the intersection of both science and art. Melding an aesthetic response with a conceptual approach to landscape painting. Geological research of specific places assists in the visual and thematic choices that create each body of work. Revealing an appreciation for the ancient narratives of Earth’s historical formation events up to the present day sudden and unpredicatble geological changes due to a global warming trend. Winkler works experimentally with paint, pigment, additives, resists, brushes and unconventional tools to create textures and imagery that mimic the forces and patterns of nature that sculpt and change landscapes over time. Her process starts in a small collage format using her own created textural imagery on papers. These collage studies are developed into large scale acrylic on panel paintings. The cut and layered aesthetic in her work reinforces concepts that the Earth is not a static place. That ancient landscapes can be altered through gentle erosion or by sudden cataclysmic events. Abstract fields of color and luminous textures are contained in hard edged shapes to resemble and define the essential fabric of a landscape. She incorporates ground water, crushed rock, precious metals and minerals in her paintings to create moments of connection and awareness, exploration and discovery.
Sarah Winkler was born in 1973 in the industrial city of Manchester, England. Her father’s aviation career led to a life of travel and relocation abroad. Sarah first became fascinated with nature and landscape in childhood while living in Malawi, Africa and Brunei, Borneo. An eye opening experience that instilled a life long appreciation of protected wilderness and open space.
She emigrated with her family to the US in 1989. Winkler studied Art and Earth Science at William Paterson University, NJ and combines both subjects in her landscape and environmental artworks. Winkler worked in print advertising in Virginia and Los Angeles until 2004. A move to San Luis Obispo, CA enabled her to set up a studio space and begin to define her unique style.
Two large commissions in the 12-20’ range for the Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas in 2009 allowed Winkler to make the transition to full-time working artist and prompted a move to Northern California. From 2011 - 2014, Winkler occupied Elmer Bischoff’s old studio space in Berkeley, CA and introduced her work to the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed many corporate and private commissions, and a public art project for the City of San Francisco General hospital. During this time she was represented by Gallerie Citi (now Andra Norris Gallery). In 2014, she was curated into a four person environmental show in San Francisco at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability “Forces and Perceptions” where Winkler documented the life cycle of a coral reef exposed to ocean warming and acidification. Earlier that year, she completed “Solar Harvest” a 12 x 432” painting about Solar renewable energy fields in the Mojave desert.
In 2015, Winkler relocated with her husband to a 9k peak in Colorado near Denver and built an art studio on their property. The move to the mountains changed her approach to her art both in materials and scale. Her work is rapidly gaining in acclaim and reputation and is now represented by several galleries in the US.
Since 2009, Winkler’s commissioned artworks have been placed in many prominent private, public and corporate collections including Chevron, Albemarle Chemicals, San Francisco General Hospital, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas, Viceroy, Ritz Carlton, Empire Pass, Deer Valley Resort. From 2016 -17, her original artworks were showcased through the RH Modern Line at Restoration Hardware with RH Contemporary Art.
Her work was featured at the LA Art Fair and Art Aspen in 2018 coinciding with a major solo show "Luminous Mountainous" in Denver at K Contemporary.
In 2019, Winkler was honored to be selected by US Ambassador, John Pommersheim and the curators of the highly regarded Art in Embassies program to participate in a 3 year cultural visual diplomacy exhibition at the US Ambassador’s residence in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, sister city to Boulder, Colorado.
On June 13th, 2019, Winkler was invited to participate in Response, a contemporary one night, pop up art exhibition at the Colorado Governors Mansion in Denver where the artist created specific paintings exclusively for the special occasion that responded to the Mansion’s architecture, Colorado Art History and the geology of three iconic Rocky Mountain Peaks (Pikes, Evans,Longs) directly visible from the Palm Room at the Residence in the early 1900s.
In April 2020, Winkler will reveal her third environmental body of work, “Smoke Signals” concerning large scale Western wildfires, at a solo exhibition in Denver at K Contemporary Gallery.
Features and reviews of her work have appeared in publications such as Scientific American, Dwell, Alpine Modern, Western Art and Architecture, Mountain Living, Luxe Interiors and Design, CREATE! and New American Paintings.
Releasing soon, a short documentary on Sarah by MAKING ART films.