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Duke Windsor Studio

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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I felt stuck… lost, and not sure where to go with my work.

My abstract exploration began in September of 2010; I had the opportunity to see Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Newman, and Pollock’s works. I was floored—these works in which an artist can “SEE” further than what was in front of you. To be able to paint from within and be intuitive was a foreign concept to me. Yet, with the drive and patience, and with the help of my former mentor Yoram Gil and the mentorship of dealer Alexander Salazar, I set off on an unbelievable journey of discovery.

Through the years, I have explored the internal dialog and need for emotional exploration. Creating these works in texture and mixed media, I found that the process was the thing.

The Currents Series culminates from my years as a Plein air painter. My observations of rivers and flowing streams led me to study the flow of water in greater depth. Looking at how the light reflected across the water, I noticed the abstract pattern and streaks the light created.
I pondered as to how I could recreate that pattern. It was like tiny streams of paint flowing across the surface. I experimented with certain paint stokes and application methods, but it wasn’t working.
Remembering the drip method of Jackson Pollock and the poured stain techniques of Frankenthaler, I considered what water was and how it moved. The natural flowing of pigment was the answer.

I decided to try a small dripping pattern applied in random sequence and let the paint fall on the canvas naturally but adjusting the colors for the correct way. The rips shown represent the undercurrents or changes in the flow, which are sometimes invisible under the surface.
The work is created in a vertical position with natural gravitation, which in a sense, the work began to flow.

This journey into textures, exploring color, using “push and pull” in the application has begun to show even in my representational works. I’ve only scratched the surface.

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