Artist’s Color and Line Distill Urban Energy

The Pinkney Herbert, "20 jay 2," 2015, oil, digital print on wood, 60 x 60 inches.29 – November 4, 2016. The public is invited to hear the artist talk about his work on Wednesday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m. in 205 Gorgas Library on UA campus. On Thursday, October 6, everyone is invited to an Art Night reception for the opening of the exhibit from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Garland Hall. Come early at 4:00 p.m. for a reception just across Woods Quad for the Matt Ziemke and Melissa Stern exhibition in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery.

Distilled—The Narrative Transformed is a look at paintings and drawings by Pinkney Herbert from the last 30 years. Inspired by place and process, Herbert’s work is a spirited exploration in a language of color and line derived from the sights, sounds and energies of Memphis and New York, cities he divides his time between as producing artist.

Herbert refers to painting as a physical act and it is very apparent in the exhibited works, rife with movement and discord. Drawing inspiration from art historical and vernacular sources—including patterns, street signs, advertisements, and architecture, Herbert responds and layers imagery until he has created a sense of living places around him.

Pinkney Herbert, "bridge 1," 2013, oil, digital print on canvas, 78 x 68 inches.Digital imagery is Herbert’s latest addition to his paintings. His visual vocabulary of shapes and patterns expands as printed images are affixed to the painting ground, much like the neon lights of Times Square.

Image Credits: (top right): Pinkney Herbert, “20 jay 2,” 2015,
oil, digital print on wood, 60 x 60 inches. (bottom left): Pinkney Herbert, “bridge 1,” 2013, oil, digital print on canvas, 78 x 68 inches.

Contact: Vicki Rial, SMGA exhibitions coordinator: or (205) 348-1891.

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