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You will be supporting an Exhibition of oil paintings, drawings, prints and film based on 1940's,50's and 60's American Police mugshots
You will be supporting an Exhibition of oil paintings, drawings, prints and film based on 1940's,50's and 60's American Police mugshots
66 backers pledged £4,000 to help bring this project to life.

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MUGSHOT : Painting the least wanted is a new exhibition comprising a large selection of original oil paintings, prints, drawings and film based on 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s American police mugshots

About me


Hi, my name is Oliver Winconek, I have worked as a self employed professional Artist for 13 years now and my work switches between painting to commission and creating new work for exhibitions and shows. For a while now I have been researching various projects that have led me to become fascinated by vintage police mugshots.

A selection of my portrait work
A selection of my portrait work

I became aware of a book by the american Graphic Designer Mark Michaelson called Least wanted. It showcases a selection of photos and police records that were purchased at auction. Mark kindly agreed to me using his photos as inspiration for a few paintings, in turn this became the basis for the planning of an exhibition.

I have chosen to paint people on the edge of society, those in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some of the 'crimes' commited such as homosexuality are no longer considered illegal today and I am fascinated by changing attitudes and shifting tolerances together with mistakes in judgement that led to the subjects being arrested.

New rewards added!  I've just completed 5 new original A3 watercolour paintings - unique to this Kickstarter campaign at the special price of only £175 each!


Original Oil paintings

Some of the portraits completed so far
Some of the portraits completed so far

The format of the Police mugshot is a quick, unplanned, unrehearsed moment in time. I love the immediacy of them and I have carried that feeling into the paintings, working wet into wet using oils with each piece coated in gloss resin to mimic the sheen of a photograph. The exhibition will also showcase large-scale charcoal drawings, pencil sketches, prints and film.

Two of the large-scale charcoal drawings
Two of the large-scale charcoal drawings

As part of the exhibition, I will be screening the excellent 2014 documentary; MUGSHOT directed by Dennis Mohr and presenting an Artists Q&A session.
The exhibition itself will take place for a month towards the end of the year and all of the work funded by the Kickstarter campaign will be on display before it is sent to their respective owners. The show will be open to the general public along with several Kickstarter exclusive events during it's run.

I am so passionate about this exhibition and it has been a huge labour of love so far and now I need your help to take it to the next level and turn it into a reality. Please pledge whatever you can and even if money is tight it would be fantastic if you could forward it onto your friends.

I massively appreciate all your help and support,
Thank you, Oliver

Risks and challenges

I have been a full time Artist for 13 years now and I am well used to creating artwork for largescale shows and exhibitions. I don't foresee any problems completing this project providing it meets it's funding targets.
I have chosen a gallery venue with a great reputation, the venue is booked and so much is already pencilled in.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    High five for five

    A virtual pat on the back to say 'I love what you're doing'. Every single £ helps towards this project and being able to create and put on the exhibition. Go for it! I bet you end up feeling warm and fuzzy inside

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    Signed postcards + PDF

    For this reward I will send you 3 postcards of the artwork from the show (hand signed if requested) as well as a PDF catalogue of the full exhibition via email.

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    • 3 signed postcards from the show (signed on request)
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    Ticket to film screening + Artists Q+A

    Want to attend an exclusive screening of Mugshot - a documentary about the history and culture of the American mugshot as well as an Artist's Q+A session with Oliver Winconek afterwards? Of course you do! Grab your ticket now, places are limited and the screening will take place at the exhibtion venue surrounded by all of the artwork at a date to be announced.

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    A3 screenprint

    An A3 screenprint of one of the drawings from the show, 4 different designs are available and you will be able to choose your preference + a PDF catalogue of the full exhibition

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    • PDF catalogue
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    A3 screenprint

    An A3 screenprint of one of the drawings from the show, 4 different designs are available and you will be able to choose your preference + a PDF catalogue of the full exhibition

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    Set of two A3 screenprints

    This is your chance to own a set of two screenprints from the show with matching edition numbers. Both hand signed and printed + a PDF catalogue of the show and a handwritten thank you!

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    • PDF catalogue
    • Hand written thank you note
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    Pledge £125 or more About $162

    Original A3 unique painting #1

    This is an original, one off A3 watercolour painting on heavyweight 300gsm textured paper.
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    • Original A3 watercolour painting
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    Original A3 unique painting #2

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    Original A3 unique painting #3

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    Original A3 unique painting #4

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    Original A3 unique painting #5

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    Pledge £180 or more About $234

    Set of four A3 screenprints

    This is your chance to own all four screenprints from the show with matching edition numbers. All hand signed and printed + a PDF catalogue of the show and a handwritten thank you!

    Includes:
    • 4 x A3 screenprints of drawings from the exhibition
    • PDF catalogue
    • Hand written thank you note
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    Pledge £350 or more About $454

    Original oil painting 35x25cm

    Yes, that's right, you can actually own one of the oil paintings from the exhibition! There will be at least 25 available and I will send you a PDF to choose your favourite in the order that people pledge. Each painting is Oil on board coated with gloss resin and will form the centrepiece of the exhibition.
    This is a Kickstarter exclusive.

    I will also send you a PDF catalogue of the show, a handwritten thank you note and your name will be featured on a 'thank you' wall at the exhibition.

    Includes:
    • Original oil painting from the exhibition 35x25cm
    • PDF catalogue
    • Hand written thank you note
    • Pledgers name added to 'thank you' wall at the Mugshot exhibition
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    Pledge £495 or more About $643

    Mugshot portrait commission

    This is your chance to have your very own, super exclusive, very limited mugshot portrait commission.
    Either you supply the photo or one can be taken if you attend the exhibition and I will turn it into an original oil painting in the same format as the ones from the show. These are strictly limited to 5 only and can be completely personalised with your name, country of residence and date of birth on the placard you will be holding.

    You will also receive a PDF catalogue of the full exhibition, a hand written thank you note, some postcards and a few other exclusive goodies that I will throw in.

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    • Hand written thank you note
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