The following was submitted and written by Alix Coleman, who wrote it as a memorial wrote for Milo Jr .for the memorial show of his work at Yellow Springs. It talks about both the father and the son. (Sr and Jr.)
Milo K. Winter Jr. was born of well known artistic parents in 1913 in Chicago Illinois. He referred to himself as, "a depression era Kid who grew up in an artistic household”. His mother was a notable sculptress while his father, Milo K.Winter Sr., was a very famous illustrator as well as being an author of children’s books himself. In the early 1900’s he illustrated the classics for the Windermere series of books published by Rand McNally such as, Treasure Island, Aesop’s Fables, Ivanhoe, and Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. However for the son, Milo Jr., fine arts became his main love and he had the following to say when asked why he did not follow in his father’s footsteps. “I realized early that I was not an aspiring illustrator”, Winter said. Unlike a painter who works from the inside out, the illustrator is doing something outside himself for somebody else”. As a result, Milo Jr. pursued an education in the fine arts.
The summer of 1936 he attended the Eliot O’Hara’s summer school of watercolors and painting in Maine then returned in later years to teach there. In 1937 he graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago and in the 1938 he attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art for advanced studies. He went back and taught at the O’Hara School and then became a professor at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence from 1939 to 1950 and also taught part time in the art department at Brown University. He also designed posters for World War II and was a staff designer for textile and carpet manufacturers. In 1978 living in Chester Springs Pennsylvania, with his wife of 50 some years, Betty, Milo retired from his day job, built a studio on his place and started almost non stop painting.
A very prolific painter, his exhibitions were numerous and his paintings were placed in many collections. Winter has exhibited at The Worcester Museum of Art, Gallery Lillian Francis, Paris, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Providence Art Club, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Vanderbilt University of Pennsylvania, The Berman Museum of Art , Philadelphia Art Alliance, American Federation of the Arts, The Birchrun Gallery, Arnot Art Gallery, Print Show Library of Congress, Lippincott Gallery and lastly Yellow Springs Art Show He holds two senatorial citations for having done a series of paintings of historic Phoenixville Pennsylvania, and has won several prizes at the Rhode Island Artist’s Annual Exhibitions.
His paintings are in the collections of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Annenburg ,The American Embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic, Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Diaz Balaart, Madrid Spain, Mr. Alfonso Ossorio, New York, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Cathers, Mrs. Lucius Crowell , Mrs. Joanna Reed.
As for painting styles, Winter was a colorist who worked to establish hot and cool color juxtapositioned in landscapes and still-lives. His colors were always well mixed before he applied paint to canvas and once laid, he almost never reworked what he had done. He also believed in doing a painting that had close values and often put a color’s compliment in juxtaposition. His style of painting ranged from modern realist to expressionist styles, as he moved through time. Of his painting he once said “I can’t get away from it. It is all that interests me, that and eating.” In 1987 he was interviewed for an article in a local paper and he said,” I am a visual guy. I think everyone would like to do something that will give them a touch of immorality. I will be long gone but my paintings will still be hanging around. I like that idea.” Milo was a great member of the Charlestown community and gave of himself to all the people around him. He will be sorely missed.