Mount Helix artist Duke Windsor will exhibit new works of art in a solo exhibition, “Illumination,” from September 21 to November 8, at the Encinitas Library, located at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. An “artists reception” will take place during the Art Night Encinitas evening on Saturday October 16 from 6 pm to 9 pm.
This exhibition presents contemporary urban and urban landscapes illuminated, series of contemporary still lifes and sculptures. Windsor’s cityscapes have been exhibited and received awards in juryed exhibitions, group shows across the United States, and are held in numerous private collections in the United States and Europe. He has produced numerous commissions and works on military history. Windsor works in a variety of mediums including pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor, linocut prints and, more recently, plaster and poured concrete sculpture.
Duke says, “My paintings express wonder and the power of light, and I have always been drawn to the golden light of the Southern California sun. This professional artistic journey began in 1994. [As] I was walking through the alleys on my way to martial arts practice, I noticed how the sunset was shining through the buildings. The golden rays of light contrasting with the vibrant blues of the shadows have greatly influenced my work. I found new inspiration in the glow of the sun. The reverence and visceral experience I felt of the luminance of traditional iconic works inspired me even more. In the art world, gold leaf techniques are often considered purely decorative art. My goal is to advance gold leaf as a contemporary medium.
Windsor is represented by the Sparks Gallery, located in the historic Sterling Hardware building in San Diego’s bustling Gaslamp district, between Island and Market on Sixth Avenue. The gallery received the 2015 People in Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse by Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO). Call (619) 696-1416 for more information.
The exhibition and the reception of the artists are free and open to the public. For more information about the artist, visit www.dukewindsor.net.