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Item Name: Print
Title: Space Plane, N.D.
Maker: Winston Leathers
Year: 1968
Country: Canadian
Materials: serigraph
Measurements: in frame: 77.5 cm x 61.6 cm; work: 57 cm x 42 cm
ID Number: ART 087
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: Winston Leathers was often experimental in his approach to creating artwork and became well-known for his innovations in printmaking, and as a mentor in Winnipeg’s printmaking community, especially in the early days of the Grand Western Canadian Screen Shop. Leathers and fellow artist Ken Esler are credited with the invention of collography, a printmaking technique that uses found objects to create textured printing plates. In his subject matter, Leathers was inspired by Chinese and Japanese calligraphic art, Zen Buddhist philosophy, and the connection between humans and nature. His images often took the form of highly abstracted landscapes. In this serigraph, or silkscreen print, the vibrant colours and abstract shapes create a dynamic image which can be seen as a fantastical landscape, or as an experiment with the purely formal elements of the picture plane: colour, line, shape and the illusion of space. The title “Space Plane, N.D.” functions similarly as either a reference to a space aircraft or more literally, a “plane” of “space”. Winston Lyle Leathers RCA (1932-2004) was born in Miami, Manitoba. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1956. In 1957, he studied and painted in Mexico, and returned to attend Manitoba Teachers College. Graduating in 1958, Leathers joined the staff at the Winnipeg Technical Vocational High School, teaching principles of design. In 1968, he accepted a position in the Faculty of Architecture, Environmental Studies at the University of Manitoba, earning the rank of Full Professor in 1989. Although primarily a painter and a printmaker, Leathers experimented with and pushed the boundaries of many art media, including ceramics, photography, and colour laser prints. As well, his background in architecture led to an interest in working with sand-blasted glass, and stained glass, which earned him several public and private commissions. Leathers’ work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally, including solo exhibitions in Mexico City, Canada House in London, England, the Memorial Art Gallery in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.