Speak Softly and Carry a Big Gun
Legacy Gallery Santa Fe
Jeremy Winborg, b. 1979, Salt Lake City, UT (United States)
Jeremy Winborg is best known for his figurative work of Native American subjects that blend realism with abstract backgrounds. Winborg has had a passion for creating art since he was a child. He grew up in Utah working in an art studio alongside his father who was an illustrator. Winborg began receiving awards and honors at a young age. “Being an artist was the only profession I ever considered when I was growing up.”
Winborg was inspired to start painting Native American figures when his Navajo niece, Layla, was born. His work is focused on creating Native American pieces that preserve a bit of history on each canvas. His paintings feature Native Americans dressed in traditional, authentic clothing with a focus on being historically accurate. Winborg is well-known for his bold brushwork and pallet knife work on his interesting, colorful backgrounds. He enjoys the juxtaposition of the realism and the abstraction, “I want the viewer to be drawn in and feel the emotion of the figure. Whether it’s happiness, sorrow or whatever that emotion may be. I want the figure to initially draw the viewer in and the brushstrokes and design to be the reason you’d want to stop and look for a while, or to enjoy that painting for a lifetime. I love the viewer to be able to take a little 2 or 3 inch section of my painting, whether it be a face or part of the background and find that the brushstrokes and pallet knife work are interesting and worth your attention. A painting is a success to me if it conveys emotion and is interesting in small pieces as well as a whole.”
Winborg and his wife, Danielle, have made Cache Valley, Utah home. They live there with their five children. Winborg enjoys the outdoors. Fly fishing, rock climbing and photographing beautiful landscapes are his favorite pastimes when he’s not painting.