Sewanee Trails and Coves, paintings by Sewanee alumnus and architect Tony Winters

Sewanee Trails and Coves, paintings by Sewanee alumnus and architect Tony Winters.

Open from October 4 through November 4, 2013, with reception and artist talk at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at the University of the South is pleased to present Sewanee Trails and Coves, paintings by Sewanee alumnus and architect Tony Winters. The exhibition features a series of paintings that portrays the bluffs, forests and coves surrounding the historic town of Sewanee, where Winters grew up and studied. "One landscape I always return to is the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.  So when I recently read David Haskell’s book, The Forest Unseen, I  was struck by how this biologist (who teaches at the University of the South) examines nature in a way that’s very similar to plein aire painting."

After a few years of carpentry and construction work, he enrolled in the architecture school at the University of Texas, where he graduated at the top of his class. This was in Austin, a town with a great music scene, and full of creative thinkers. The environmental movement was strong in Austin, and this period marked the beginning of his interest in designing buildings that are less destructive to the environment. Through these studies he saw, for the first time, how great architecture often draws its inspiration from the forms and structures of nature herself.

Since 1999, Tony Winters has owned and directed Pentastudio Architecture, New York, a professional firm focused on design for creative environments such as fine arts studios, galleries, rehearsal and performing-arts spaces. In 2000 this office was joined by the Italian design firm SOHO Architecture of Rome to form Pentastudio Associated Architects.

Through his art, Tony Winters portrays the interaction between natural and man-made environments. His paintings are attempts to capture and communicate the feelings experienced in the presence of nature and, as such, they involve a sense of wonder and awe as well as tranquility. He is fascinated by the architecture of nature.

Carlos Gallery
Nabit Art Building
105 Kennerly Road
University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee
gallery hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 -
contact: Jessica Wohl     931.598.1256