Winnie Godfrey brings a decidedly 20th century look to the long tradition of floral painting. Her work is often described as photorealistic, although her interest is more with color and composition. Working with common subjects but presented on a grand scale, Winnie’s art provides a fresh view of the intricate shapes, texture and trans-lucency of flowers. Best known for her floral paintings, Godfrey also has a national following for her work in figurative and other subjects.


Born in Philadelphia and raised on Chicago’s south side, Godfrey received a Bachelor of Science in Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin. Her artwork is included in many private, corporate and museum collections and has been exhibited throughout North America. Among her more notable exhibitions, are one-woman exhibits at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philidelphia, the Organization of American States in Washington, DC, the Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and another at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Godfrey's work was presented with that of Georgia O'Keefe and Marc Chagall at an exhibit of 20th century flower paintings at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has also exhibited at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where she won the Flora Exhibition Award of Excellence. Other awards to her credit are the State of Illinois Library Competition and first prize out of 4,500 floral entries in the Artist's Magazine Floral Competition. Recently she was honored by the Municipal Art League. She received their Award of Excellence for her career and artwork.

In the last few years she has been working on a series of figurative paintings of highland indigenous people in Guatemala. Each canvas depicts a different village and costume. There are currently 14 life-size oils that are exhibited in sequence and called “Mayan Procession”. It was most recently shown at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Renaissance Court Gallery in the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Il. Along with painting flowers, she plans to finish four more Mayan pieces to complete the series. The exhibit has actual textiles, photos and other educational material to accompany the paintings. It has been exceptionally well-received in various museums and educational institutions throughout the country.

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