For more than twenty six-years, as a practising artist, Joseph Winkelman
has pursued his fascination for the special qualities of atmosphere, unique to the British
landscape. He has found etching and engraving to be the perfect vehicle for this purpose.
work contains a quality of quiet drama, capturing ordinary scenes during
moments of unusual light at different times of day or season. His ideas
are gained through drawing - he finds this process distils images in
his mind. Only later does he recreate the spirit of the idea on copper
or with the grain of wood, as only possible with printmaking.
Joe was born in Keokuk, Iowa, in 1941. He studied at the University of
the South at Sewanee where he took a BA in English in 1964. After finishing his degree he
did two years' service with the Peace Corps teaching secondary school in Tanzania. On his
return to the US, he attended the Wharton School of Finance at the University of
Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His career as an artist did not begin until 1968, when he
abandoned business studies and travelled to England to study Fine Art at the Ruskin School
of Drawing in the University of Oxford.
completing formal studies in 1971, he set up a studio in his residence
in Charlbury where he painted and began to experiment with relief prints,
gradually progressing into intaglio printmaking. In 1982 he moved his
family and studio back into the city of Oxford where he continues to
He taught at Oxford University and Oxford Polytechnic. Then in 1989 he
was elected the seventh President of the oldest society of printmakers in the world, the
Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, founded in 1880 by Sir Seymour Haden. During his
term of office (1989-95) Joe successfully enhanced the reputation of the RE bringing the
art of printmaking to a wider public throughout the UK. He also encouraged the election of
the finest printmakers from Eastern Europe and North America.
exhibits regularly at home and abroad and his work is included in a
number of public collections in Britain, America, and Russia.
Joe is happy to entertain visits to his studio by individuals and small
groups by appointment. The studio is located at the rear of the Hermitage in the
Conservation Area of Old Headington in the city of Oxford.
JOSEPH WINKELMAN PPRE
The Hermitage, 69 Old High Street, Headington,
Oxford 0X3 9HT, England
Telephone: Oxford 01865 762839