Sam Winston's practice is concerned with language not only as a carrier of messages, but also as a visual form in and of itself. Initially known for his typography and artist’s books he employs a variety of different approaches including drawing, performance and poetry.
A continuing theme is his exploration of the hidden narratives found in canonical bodies of text. Works such as Darwin's Origin of the Species or classic nineteenth century children's literature are often subject to data mining and cut and paste techniques, playfully revealing meta narratives and visual assumptions.
Other forms through which he achieves this are sculpture, collage and mark making. Winston is an advocate of concept-led, craft-based strategies as a means of learning. These element are often embodied in his participatory projects, seminars and lectures.
Winston has exhibited his work in museums and galleries around the world. Tate Britain, the British Library, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., MoMA NYC and Stanford University, among many others, all hold his artist’s books in their permanent collections. His first mass market picture book reached number five on the New York Times bestsellers list and was translated into 19 languages within a year of its publication.
He lives and works in London and thinks words shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
Artwork, edition information and prices are available through the addresses below.
Telephone +44 (0)7970 984 414
Space studios – c/o Le Gun Studio
19 Warburton Road (buzz 3)
London, E8 3RT
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