My chief subjects are the human figure—including portraiture—and landscape. These themes provide visual events that move me, out of all proportion to their surface qualities. These are the kind of experiences that James Joyce called epiphanies; they incorporate essential qualities of the subjects, and I respond to them with woodcuts and watercolors and drawings. Whatever they communicate, or whatever I communicate with them, is done with pictures. Like any art, it’s not to be explained with words.
Max-Karl Winkler, a native Texan who came to Washington in 1984, is both a printmaker and a free-lance illustrator and designer. His clients have included The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Nature Conservancy; he was also employed for fifteen years as a science illustrator at the National Science Resources Center, a science education project jointly sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and The National Academies. He has taught drawing and printmaking in The Smithsonian Associates studio arts programs since 1987.
Winkler has been an active member of The Washington Printmakers Gallery since 1997. In recent years he has participated regularly in regional and national juried exhibitions, most recently in the Los Angeles Printmaking Society’s Annual Juried Membership Exhbition 2011, and Inner and Outer Landscapes: Contemporary Self-Portraiture and Representation at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
In addition to his printmaking and teaching, Winkler has written a number of articles on exhibitions, collections, and individual artists. His most recent published piece was “Wanda Gág: An Appreciation” for The Washington Print Club Quarterly (Winter 2010–2011).