Pinkney Herbert: Distilled – The Narrative Transformed


Pinkney Herbert: Distilled - The Narrative Transformed

Reception date:

Thursday, October 6, 5:00-7:00 p.m.


September 29 - November 4, 2016

Lecture date:

Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 p.m., 205 Gorgas Library


The University of Alabama, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, 103 Garland Hall

A 30-year survey comprised of a selection of small and larger paintings and works on paper by Pinkney Herbert, Distilled is curated by Sam Yates, Director of the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The exhibition highlights work completed within the last ten years and a smaller selection completed between 1985 and 2005. Inspired by place and process, Herbert’s work is a spirited exploration in color and line derived from the sights, sounds and energies of the cities around him. After moving to Manhattan’s Garment District in the 1980s, Herbert created narrative work examining the opposing experiences of growing up in North Carolina and the chaos of life in New York City. In his recent work, Herbert streamlines these narrative qualities into a language of abstracted shorthand. Figures are replaced with simplified planes of color. Graffiti-like gestures scrawl atop digital prints collaged and integrated into paintings. This body of work traces a transformative journey from the narrative to the abstract. – William T. Dooley, Director, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art

Pinkney Herbert, "Expulsion." Pinkney Herbert, "bridge 1," 2013, oil, digital print on canvas, 78 x 68 inches.

Funding support for the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art comes from the Department of Art and Art History and the College of Arts and Sciences. Admission to the gallery is free. Hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 – 4:30 p.m., Thursday evenings: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 103 Garland Hall in the heart of the UA campus on Woods Quad. Information about visitor parking is available here: Parking is free on campus in a legal space after business hours. Contact the gallery at (205) 348-1891 or go to