Pinkney Herbert

b. 1954, Charlotte, NC
...dichotomy fires my intuitive impulses, allowing them to surface and meet head on in an ever-changing conflict between the emotional and the cerebral.
Home Garden
Home Garden

Inspired and activated by place, Pinkney Herbert is best known for expressive abstract paintings with dynamic gestures and multi-dimensional forms. Exploration and movement between his environments have shaped the core of his practice for over 30 years. With the cities of Memphis and New York as his primary influences since 2008, he examines the sights, sounds, and energies of a place - and his relationship to those - through mark-making and layering. In paintings and works on paper, he integrates bold graffiti-like gestures, planes of striking color and negative space, and mesmerizing digital prints in a fundamental yet transcendent form of processing his surroundings. Drawing additional influence from sources like art history, architecture, maps, music, and digital technology, his works become reflections of and vehicles through this dense, frenetic, saturated state of contemporary life. Through his practice, he strives to bridge the gaps and illuminate the connections between exterior and interior worlds, seeking clarity in the chaos.

Pinkney Herbert was born in Charlotte, NC in 1954, and splits time between studios in Memphis and New York City. He received his BA from Rhodes College and his MFA from the University of Memphis. Herbert is the recipient of Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and USIA-Arts America. He has exhibited throughout the US, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia. His art is in numerous national and international collections and in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Arkansas Arts Center, among others. Herbert is represented by David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, TN; Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Boyd|Satellite, New Orleans, LA; ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA; and Greg Thompson Fine Arts, North Little Rock, AR. He is also the founding director of Marshall Arts, an alternative gallery, performance, and studio space he established in Memphis in 1992. In November 2015, the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville mounted a 30 year survey of Herbert’s work entitled ​Distilled: The Narrative Transformed​ which traveled to Crosstown Arts in Memphis. Herbert has taught painting and drawing at the University of Georgia Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy, and also at the Penland School of Crafts, the Arrowmont School, the Telluride School of Painting, Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis College of Art. He has been a visiting artist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland; the Institute of Fine Arts, Lahti, Finland; the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic; University of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam; and the Oberfalzer Kuntzlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany.

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Home Garden
Home Garden
Blue Crush
Blue Crush
Raceway
Raceway
Bond St. 5
Bond St. 5
Crossroads
Crossroads
Community
Community
Green Life
Green Life
Live Here
Live Here
Aftershock
Aftershock
Golden
Golden
Come There
Come There
Mountain
Mountain
Pink Knees
Pink Knees
Night Vision
Night Vision
Dazed
Dazed
Frontal Series 2
Frontal Series 2
Frontal Series 8
Frontal Series 8
LIC 6
LIC 6
Home Garden
Home Garden
mixed media on paper, 41x29
2019
Blue Crush
Blue Crush
mixed media on paper, 30x22
2019
Raceway
Raceway
mixed media on paper, 30x22
2019
Bond St. 5
Bond St. 5
oil, digital print on wood panel, 20x16
2017
Crossroads
Crossroads
oil, digital print on wood panel, 60x48
2018
Community
Community
mixed media on paper, 30x22
2019
Green Life
Green Life
oil, mixed media on wood, 60x48
2019
Live Here
Live Here
oil, mixed media on panel, 24x20
2019
Aftershock
Aftershock
oil, mixed media on wood, 60x48
2019
Golden
Golden
oil, mixed media on canvas, 85x64
2019
Come There
Come There
mixed media on paper, 41x29
2018
Mountain
Mountain
mixed media on paper, 41x29
2018
Pink Knees
Pink Knees
mixed media on paper, 41x29
2018
Night Vision
Night Vision
mixed media on paper, 41x29
2018
Dazed
Dazed
aoil, acrlic on digital print mounted on panel, 48x36
2017
Frontal Series 2
Frontal Series 2
pastel and ink on paper, 41x29
2017
Frontal Series 8
Frontal Series 8
pastel and ink on paper, 41x29
2017
LIC 6
LIC 6
oil, digital print on wood panel, 48x36
2015

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