September 2010

Damages is here!

by ncwinters on September 7, 2010

The show is finished hanging, and ready for your viewing pleasure!

The artwork preview for Damages is now online. Download a catalog of the full show here. I’m very proud of this new body of work, and easily feel it is my best to date. I hope to be able to see you all at the opening, this Friday at Subtext Gallery, from 6-10 PM. Please contact Dylan Jones at Subtext for purchase inquiries.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding the content of the work, and while I generally dislike talking about it, there are some recurring themes throughout the show which I can touch on briefly. I try not to get in the way of the viewer’s experience, and therefore, try not to burden people with my direct goals and inspirations behind every painting. There are always several personal unique reasons behind many aspects of every piece, and these can vary drastically and change depending on the day. For this reason I also find it difficult to help fill in the blanks on a viewer’s experience. All of that being said, here are some of the more direct explanations of the imagery: Damages features a series of paintings dealing with loss, pain, trauma and emotional “damage”, which is often hidden behind a gentle, pleasant facade. I contrast this emotional poison with images of beauty, softness and radiance in the guise of a beautiful face, delicate features and vibrant florae.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support and well wishes. Also a huge thanks to my family and specifically my amazing wife, Ginger. She puts up with so much and the work would not be possible without her patience, love and acceptance. Thank you babe! I’ll see you at the show!


For immediate release!

by ncwinters on September 2, 2010

…Damages opens in less than two weeks!

The show is almost here, and I thought you deserved the full blown press release. Plus, here’s another teaser image for the show. See you there!



New paintings by N.C. Winters
September 10th – October 10th, 2010
Opening Reception with the Artist:
Friday, September 10th, 2010 6–10PM

About the Show: Damages is Winters’ first solo exhibition with Subtext, in which he has created a collection of paintings that interpret the feelings of disrepair, sacrifice and loss wrapped in N.C.’s definitive style. The vibrant colors, raw textures, and enchanting characters found in his work introduces his unique point of view that often incorporates the juxtaposition of disparate themes in a very graphic, yet highly illustrative approach. On view at 2479 Kettner Blvd from September 10th-October 10th, 2010, this will be Winters’ first solo show in San Diego.

About N.C. Winters: A child of the 80s, fueled by cartoons, MTV, and illustration, N.C. Winters is a painter and illustrator. He’s spent most of his life under a blazing sun, first in Phoenix and now in southern California, and it shows in the brilliant colors and rich tones of his work. Focusing mostly on the  figure—both its delicate beauty and abrasive toughness—he works in a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylic, and plain old pen and ink on paper. Some people say his work reminds them of tattoos; others say he fits in with skateboard and surf culture. But N.C. is just trying to let the pictures in his head out into the world and figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He currently lives and works in Carlsbad, CA.
More of Winters’ work can be found at

About Subtext Gallery: Subtext is a gallery & bookstore located on the outskirts of downtown San Diego that showcases urban contemporary, pop surrealist, and lowbrow artists from all around the globe. Born in September 2006, Subtext took aim on San Diego’s under-served design market. After repeated trips to cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, partners Don Hollis and Dylan Jones wanted to bring some more eclectic sources of creative inspiration a little closer to home. With an inventory truly connected to all things design, Subtext aptly fills the void. As a one stop shop for design, art, architecture, photography and illustration, Subtext provides an environment dedicated to high design intended to nourish creative spirits for years to come.