West Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre
Opening 6pm Friday 8 July 2022
8 July – 21 August 2022
The title of the exhibition, My Greece is intended to show how much of my creative life is entwined with Greece. My History of Art lecturer at Art School through his enthusiasm for Ancient Greece instilled in me the desire to visit Greece, which I did in 1965. After my time in Athens, I visited the island, Leros. This was the start of a long creative relationship with the Island and Greece. I have lived and worked in Greece for long periods and in 2007 I set up a printmaking studio on Leros and some of the works in the exhibition were created there. This is a survey of my Greek linocuts from 1995 to 2022. My aim with these prints was to create both a sense of place and also the technical challenge of using layer upon layer of colour in my work rather than the usual black and white that many associate with linocuts. Many of the prints are of Leros and also Athens and other Greek sites. Moving to Canberra in 1992 and coming upon the printmaking studio, “Studio One” was really the genesis of these works.
About Michael Winters
Born in Frankston, Victoria 1943. Studied Fine Art (painting) Caulfield Institute of Technology Melbourne 1959/1963. Left Australia for Greece and Europe in October 1965. After time in Greece, particularly on the island of Leros, travelled to Sweden and studied printmaking at the Stockholm School of Art 1966/67. Lived in the UK from 1967 to 1972, returning to Greece several times during that period. Exhibited in London and Sweden. Returned to Australia in 1972 and lived in Sydney exhibiting across Australia. Returned to Greece for long periods from 1979. Moved to Canberra in 1992.