Symbolism, figurative art, portraits, still lifes
Media Oils, watercolors,
Artistic Focus An
extremely versatile artist, Dorothy Winslade worked in oils, gouaches,
and watercolors to create bold, richly colored landscapes of the California
coast and hills, cityscapes of San Francisco, as well as wonderful still
unique style also lent itself to dreamlike paintings containing elements of fantasy
and anthropomorphic forms. She was equally adept at the difficult medium
of drypoint etchings, which she printed herself, and whose moods ranged from
whimsical innocence to pointed satire.
• Dorothy Winslade was born on the Isle of Wight,
England, in 1898.
• No doubt influenced by her watercolorist father, Winslade studied in
London and then in Paris, after volunteer service in Queen Mary's Auxiliary
Army Corps during World War I.
• Dorothy Winslade came to the U.S. in 1924 and studied at the University
of California Extension and the California School of Fine Arts in San
Francisco. There she met her future husband, Oswald Kurman, who himself
became a well known Bay Area artist. They were married in 1934, but Dorothy
kept her maiden name throughout her life.
• Most active in the 1930s and 1940s, Winslade often exhibited at the
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Art Gallery, the Oakland
Museum, and the San Francisco Society of Women Artists.
• Winslade was also active in the San Francisco Art Association, and
she exhibited at the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939.
• In 1951 Dorothy Winslade and Oswald Kurman moved to Millbrae, south
of San Francisco, and became active members of the Peninsula Art Association.
• After making two trips to Europe, Winslade and Kurman settled in Santa
Cruz, California, in 1970, where Dorothy passed away in 1973.
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