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Duke Windsor

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Duke Windsor was born in Texarkana, Texas and served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a radio operator, combat illustrator and drill instructor. After leaving the service, Windsor was a freelance illustrator and amateur rodeo cowboy, competing in bull-riding, bareback and steer wrestling events. He subsequently studied classical voice at San Diego State University and performed professionally with the San Diego Opera Chorus. Windsor holds the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt in Kempo martial arts, and he continues to be an active singer-songwriter, guitar player and solo performer.

Windsor has over 15 years of museum exhibition design and installation experience; he has worked for the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Man, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego History Center and Mingei International Museum. Windsor served for seven years as founding Director of Exhibits at the USS Midway Museum. Currently, Windsor is CAD Design Engineering Manager at Full Swing Golf Simulators, headquartered in Carlsbad, California.

Windsor is an Associate Artist of the California Art Club, and a former board member with A.R.T.S., A Reason to Survive, which empowers troubled youth through the arts. He is also former Education Chair of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild. Windsor has also served as a member of the Public Arts Selection Committee for the San Diego Regional Airport Authority Art Program.

Windsor has taught art at many venues including the San Diego Museum of Art and the Athenaeum, and he is currently an instructor of drawing and painting at Art on 30th Street; he also offers a wide range of artist development workshops throughout San Diego County. Windsor’s award-winning paintings have been exhibited at juried solo shows, festivals, group exhibitions and corporate venues in San Diego, Southern California and throughout the U.S., and they are held in private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has also produced portrait commissions and military historical works. Windsor works in various media including pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor and block print, and his artistic scope ranges from plein air to abstract.

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Golden Sunrise Alley

Golden Sunrise Alley

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Golden Skies No. 35

Golden Skies No. 35

$1,800.00
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Sliders, Three

Sliders, Three

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Where's The Beef?

Where's The Beef?

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Ah Yes, More Cheese, Please!

Ah Yes, More Cheese, Please!

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2 All-Beef Patties...

2 All-Beef Patties...

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Golden Skies No. 8

Golden Skies No. 8

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Golden Skies No. 6

Golden Skies No. 6

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Behind the Garden in Laguna Beach

Behind the Garden in Laguna Beach

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


The Burger Still Life Statement
What does Warhol, Van Dijck, Van Gogh, Louise Moillon, and Cezanne each have in common as artists? They each have created works on food. In this form of still life painting, food painting gave us more opportunities to understand about the cultural life-styles of the past.

From ancient Egyptians carving depictions of crops and breads on tablets, to hyper-realistic grapes painted by Dutch masters, food and art have a long and rich relationship. In my Burger Series, I wanted to explore our own modern culinary choice. In the past, this scene on the table would be complex and depict a bottle of milk, flour, salt, eggs, bowls, utensils, a whisk, a slab of
freshly butchered beef, a grinder, lettuce, tomatoes (still on the vine), onions and possible probably a carafe of wine.

In my still life, all of these ingredients are still there, yet the narrative is not about all of these ingredients separate, it is about the anticipation of the senses, and the need for the ultimate moment during the explosion of flavor from the first bite. I want the viewer, whether a lover of this all- American dish, or not, to “taste” mentally and let one’s imagination carry them. Also, to finish this icon of the American palate, I felt the use of gold leaf was an appropriate tribute to
the delectable burger. Enjoy.

Golden Skies Statement
GOLD is the color of extravagance, wealth, riches, and excess which exerts a hypnotic attraction.

The Golden Skies series came about after several years of experimenting with new ways to create my urban/rural cityscape scenes in a fresh way. I was inspired to utilize gold leaf after seeing the biopic film, Klimt. In the movie, Klimt (John Malkovich) is working the “Adele Bloch-Bauer” portrait, and in the
scene, he was applying gold leaf on the painting. Later while visiting the Timken Museum in Balboa Park, I viewed the collection of Russian Icons on wood panels. The reverence and visceral experience I felt from the luminance of these traditional Icon works inspired me to recreate this feeling in my work.
As I continue to develop gilding techniques, I often refer back to these works for inspiration. In the art world, gilding techniques are considered as merely a decorative art. My goal is to assert gilding as a more contemporary medium.
On view is a selection of contemporary cityscapes as well as still life. The illumination in these works, seen from various angles, will give the viewer a unique and new perspective on each piece. The shift in the light will also change the dynamics of the works depending on the ambient light source and the angle in which they are viewed.

It is easy to succumb to the temptation its allure, its seduction nature. My goal is to express the spiritual, illuminative radiance of the gold-leaf works that the viewer and the collector can experience as they see the Golden Skies Exhibition.



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