Dorothy Winslade

Theme/Style – Landscapes, Symbolism, figurative art, portraits, still lifes

Media – Oils, watercolors, gouaches, etchings

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 lifes. Her 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.

Career Highlights –

• 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.