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.
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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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Gotham 4
Gotham 4
Gotham 6
Gotham 6
Gotham 7
Gotham 7
Drive On
Drive On
Aqua
Aqua
Gray Zone
Gray Zone
Scales
Scales
Sondheim
Sondheim
Improv
Improv
Zig Zag
Zig Zag
Vital Signs 1
Vital Signs 1
Vital Signs - Pulse
Vital Signs - Pulse
Prow
Prow
Jester
Jester
Come There
Come There
Mountain
Mountain
Night Vision
Night Vision
Frontal Series 2
Frontal Series 2
Quartet
Quartet
oil, acrylic and digital print on wood panel, 60x96
2022
Gotham 4
Gotham 4
mixed media on paper, 30x22.5
2021
Gotham 6
Gotham 6
mixed media on paper, 30x22.5
2021
Gotham 7
Gotham 7
mixed media on paper, 30x22.5
2021
Drive On
Drive On
oil, acryic and digital print on wood panel, 48x60
2017/2022
Aqua
Aqua
mixed media on paper, 30x22.5
2021
Gray Zone
Gray Zone
mixed media on paper, 30x22.5
2021
Scales
Scales
mixed media on paper, 30x22.5
2021
Sondheim
Sondheim
mixed media on paper, 30x22.5
2021
Improv
Improv
mixed media on wood panel, 24x20
2019
Zig Zag
Zig Zag
oil, mixed media and digital print on wood panel, 60x48
2017/2022
Vital Signs 1
Vital Signs 1
mixed media on paper, 30x22.5
2021
Vital Signs - Pulse
Vital Signs - Pulse
mixed media on paper, 30x22.5
2021
Prow
Prow
oil, digital print on wood panel, 36x36
2020
Jester
Jester
oil, mixed media on wood panel, 60x60
2020
Come There
Come There
mixed media on paper, 41x29
2018
Mountain
Mountain
mixed media on paper, 41x29
2018
Night Vision
Night Vision
mixed media on paper, 41x29
2018
Frontal Series 2
Frontal Series 2
pastel and ink on paper, 41x29
2017

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