Time of Love, 2001. Acrylic and Watercolor. Diptych 2 x 3 inches overall.
M Winston is an incarcerated artist within the Wisconsin Department of Corrections system, with six years remaining on his sentence. Winston, 55, has made drawings and paintings since he was a child in Mississippi.
As a form of meditation, Winston makes tiny paintings, most no larger than 2 by 2.5 inches. Part of the reason for the small scale is that if an inmate makes anything larger than 8 x 10 inches, it cannot be kept in their cell. The paintings are abstract but allude to places all over the world, providing a way for Winston to translate what he is thinking and imagining, while expanding his prison life exponentially. In these paintings, Winston travels freely.
“I store five to seven paintings in my head every day,” he said, “My way of painting small helps me make room for what’s to come.”
M. Winston has for a number of years participated in Buddhist study groups that are offered at prisons around the state by Buddhist teachers in a program coordinated by Tonen O’Connor of the Milwaukee Zen Center.
“Art is what I feel. It is deep in my soul: It’s my Enlightenment and part of my Nirvana.”
Proceeds from the sale of his work go into a savings account that he can access upon his release.
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Inside/Out, Portrait Society Gallery
M Winston, The Jazz Gallery, Milwaukee
Urban Milwaukee: "Portrait Society Gallery show packs emotional punch"
Thomas Haneman attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 1979 to 1985. He completed his art degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011. He began painting imaginary plants and flowers in 2016. These lyrical compositions embrace the remarkable forms, colors and nearly science-fiction-like phenomenon of nature. Haneman’s paintings erupt in joyous, surreal blossoming bouquets suggestive of another Wisconsin based artist from a previous generation — Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, as well as Baroque still lives and 18th century Botanical art.
Thomas Haneman's work is in the corporate collection of Acuity Insurance. He lives in Sheboygan, WI
2019 Inside/Out, Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2019 Thomas Haneman, Lake Shore Gallery, Sheboygan
2018 Plymouth Arts Center
Review, Inside/Out. Urban Milwaukee