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.
Chinese Painting/Lasso
Chinese Painting/Lasso

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

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Chinese Painting/Lasso
Chinese Painting/Lasso
Dazed
Dazed
Delta
Delta
Sienna
Sienna
Soundbites 1
Soundbites 1
Soundbites 4
Soundbites 4
Harp
Harp
Talking Blues
Talking Blues
Hot Geometry
Hot Geometry
Frontal Series 1
Frontal Series 1
Frontal Series 2
Frontal Series 2
Frontal Series 8
Frontal Series 8
Greenway
Greenway
Fanfare
Fanfare
Tile
Tile
Blue Line
Blue Line
LIC 6
LIC 6
Green Wave
Green Wave
Shimmer
Shimmer
Chinese Painting/Lasso
Chinese Painting/Lasso
oil, digital print on wood panel, 60x96
2016
Dazed
Dazed
aoil, acrlic on digital print mounted on panel, 48x36
2017
Delta
Delta
oil, digital print on wood panel, 24x20
2018
Sienna
Sienna
oil and digital print on wood panel, 12x16
2018
Soundbites 1
Soundbites 1
pastel and ink on paper, 41x29
2018
Soundbites 4
Soundbites 4
pastel and ink on paper, 41x29
2018
Harp
Harp
pastel and ink on paper, 41x29
2018
Talking Blues
Talking Blues
pastel and ink on paper, 41x29
2018
Hot Geometry
Hot Geometry
pastel and ink in paper, 41x29
2018
Frontal Series 1
Frontal Series 1
pastel and ink on paper, 41x29
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
Greenway
Greenway
oil and digital print on wood panel, 8x10
2017
Fanfare
Fanfare
oil and pigment print on wood panel,8x10
2017
Tile
Tile
oil an digital pint on wood panel, 10x8
2016
Blue Line
Blue Line
oil and pigment print on wood panel, 14x11
2013
LIC 6
LIC 6
oil, digital print on wood panel, 48x36
2015
Green Wave
Green Wave
oil, digital print on wood panel, 24x20
2014
Shimmer
Shimmer
oil and digital print on wood panel, 40x30
2017