American; b. New York, NY, 1949; lives and works in New York, NY
Theophrastus Garden 2
87 x 70 in. (221 x 177.8 cm)
Terry Winters’s first mature paintings, made in the early 1980s, are earth-toned, botanically themed monochromes. Theophrastus Garden 2 exemplifies this early body of work, both in its dark and somber palette as well as its organic theme—the name in the title refers to the ancient Greek philosopher and botanist. The painting appears to represent clusters of flowers, spores, or cells which float on a sketchy, almost gestural background. Its heavily worked, mottled surface, its suggestions of an actual landscape, and its almost decorative pattern allow the work to hover between abstraction and representation.