THE HIGH- WITNESS: THE ART OF JERRY PINKNEY
NOVEMBER , 2013
Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, touches on themes such as the African-American experience, the wonders of classic literature and the wisdom in well-loved folk tales. The works in the exhibition celebrate small, extraordinary moments, as well as significant historical events, reflecting the artist’s belief in the transformative power of visual storytelling.
Pinkney’s beautiful paintings are created from pencil, colored pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor. His style is distinctive: his scenes are known for their vibrancy of color, finely crafted detail, and realistic portrayal of their characters. His sensitivity and talent in this medium have provided him the opportunity to illustrate over one hundred children’s books. His work has helped to advance multicultural and African-American themes in the world of children’s literature.
Whether recreating history or breathing new life into classic tales, his art is always about much more than just the appearance of things. Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney explores this gifted creator’s legacy through powerful images that offer insights into where we have been, who we are, and who we might become.