Sanford Winslow (1950—2002)
Sanford Winslow lived his life in Newton, Massachusetts. Always a musician, he played the accordion as a child, recorded an album as the drummer with a folk-rock band in high school and continued to play guitar and keyboards into adulthood. In the middle of his junior year at Boston University, Winslow had a schizophrenic episode that was to be the beginning of many years of residence in psychiatric hospitals and halfway houses. Managing his mental illness through medication and creating art, Winslow eventually began to live independently in the late 1980s and became a well known and much loved personality in the neighborhoods where he lived and worked. Winslow’s work has been widely exhibited in the northeast and around the country. He began writing and drawing with crayons in the 1970s, developed his bold painting style in the 1980s, and was introduced to scratchboards by his stepmother in 1990. His work has been seen at the Outsider Art Fair in New York and has been included in exhibitions at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, the Fuller Museum of Art in Brockton, MA, and The Revolving Museum (formerly in Boston, now located in Lowell, MA). In the fall of 2002, Winslow succumbed to a brief battle with cancer, but the optimism, friendliness, and sense of humor that accompanied his constant creative spirit lives on through his works of art.