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Winston Chmielinski engages with painting through organic dissolutions and reconstitutions of the figure. Forms forego their contours, suspending paint out of narration and into insistence–of presence and haptic sensibility. Chmielinski received his BA in philosophy and creative writing from NYU’s Gallatin School in 2011, and has since exhibited extensively, with solo shows in NY, Berlin, and an inclusion in the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Winston explains his work by saying, “I work in phrases, jumbled words that pervade my sketchbooks, that flood the back of my hand, that squeeze in margins of loose pages. It’s because my ideas form when I am away from my studio — when I’m riding on the subway or walking the streets of Boston — that I have taken this form of preserving an idea or image. I can never seem to capture a moment with a sketch, but I can always contain it’s magic with words. And thus these phrases, as titles or just scattered memories, are an equal part of my paintings; I can not separate the two in my mind.”
Was a 2017 resident at MICA's Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists in Lehon, France
Has held solo exhibitions across Germany, Boston and New York.