Book illustrator’s works on view

Book illustrator’s works on view

African-American children’s book illustrator Brian Pinkney is the subject of an exhibition at The Waiters Art Museum titled “Rhythm on Paper: The Illustrations of Brian Pinkney.” On view until May 30, the exhibition hosts 41 original works by the artist, ranging in subject from fictional young African-American characters to modern interpretations of fairy tales.

Pinkney creates his work using a system in which a white board is covered in black ink, and the ink is then scratched off. Oil paint, gouache or dye is then applied to the scratchboard to add color.

“Brian Pinkney’s vibrant pictures are full of movement and luminous color,” said Simon Kelly, curator of the exhibition. “These beautiful images will have an appeal for children and adults alike.”

Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, the exhibition focuses on illustrations from six of Pinkney’s books published between 1994 and 1998. Images range from depictions of historical figures such as Duke Ellington to a reinterpretation of “Cinderella” as set in the Caribbean.

Pinkney dedicates himself to creating works that are not only beautiful, but also positive representations of African-Americans and African American culture.


“Rhythm On Paper: The Illustrations of Brian Pinkney”

Through May 30

The Walters Museum

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