When faced with Ricker Winsor’s art—be it adventures in abstraction or landscapes—in ink, oil or pastel—the words that come to mind are honesty and purity. His art is raw, gritty, non-pretentious. There is never anything showy or gimmicky about his art. He just stands in front of an easel set in nature and draws and paints what’s in front of him with loose brushstrokes and spontaneity. His landscapes, especially the ink drawings, are influenced by van Gough, and his abstracts are influenced by de Kooning.
The oil pastels fall into two categories: calligraphic-like marks in primary colors that dance across fields of a solid color and more densely packed areas of color that bunch together and overlap to form solid blocks with shallow depth such as in de Kooning’s “Excavation” and “Door to the River.”
Each painting is accompanied by a poem, most of which are short and humorously enigmatic.