Jane Winkelman

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Jane Winkelman
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Born(1949-03-31)March 31, 1949
DiedMay 30, 2012(2012-05-30) (aged 63)
Known forPainting
MovementOutsider Art

Jane Winkelman (1949 – May 30, 2012) was an American painter. Her paintings are often signed "Jane 'in vain' Winkelman." She is considered an outsider artist.


Jane Winkelman was born in 1949 in Long Island, New York. She lived for a time in Miami as well as San Francisco. While in San Francisco, she lived on the edge of homelessness in the Tenderloin district.[1]


Winkelman was introduced to painting at San Francisco's Hospitality House, a free community arts center.[2] Her work is characterized by vivid colors, fantastic figures, and strong political commentary.[3] They often include text as well as images. Her style has been compared to that of Hieronymous Bosch, Marc Chagall, and Edvard Munch.


In 1993, after her work had gained some attention at group shows and on the cover of the Street Sheet, she was commissioned to produce an Absolut Vodka ad.[4][5] She published art in Street Sheet from 1990 through 2009.[6] In February 2009, she was the San Francisco Bay Guardian "Local Artist of the Week".[7] Her work was also supported by POOR Magazine.[8]

Collections and exhibits[edit]

Her painting "Dreamscape" (1985) is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.[9]


  1. ^ Zollinger Turner, Tracy (February 4, 2009). "Artists Unleashed". Columbus Alive. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Freeman, Herbert (June 10, 2010). "Jane Winkelman". The Freeman Project. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  3. ^ Russell, Candice. "Jane-in-Vain Winkelman". Raw Vision #44. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  4. ^ Sulivan, Terra (September 25, 2003). "You're So Vain: Outsider art comes inside". Broward Palm Beach New Times. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  5. ^ Horovitz, Bruce (June 8, 1993). "Down but Not Out : Homeless Play Roles in a Pair of Advertising Campaigns". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "San Francisco at a Crossroads: Coalition on Homelessness 2014 Annual Report" (PDF). Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Local Artist of the Week: Jane "In Vain" Winkelman". San Francisco Bay Guardian. February 10, 2009. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  8. ^ Gray-Garcia, Tiny aka Lisa (August 14, 2012). "Jane "in Vain" Winkelman- Poverty Hero". POOR Magazine. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Search Collections". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved March 4, 2015.

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