PE Pinkman, a Retrospective
The insightful Coco Chanel reportedly declaimed, “Everything is fashion.” That statement is as true for fine art today as it is for fashion. Art today seems to be focused on what’s trending, mostly eschewing all but a few artists’ careers over time. This shift in focus leads to a lack of appreciation for an artist’s accomplishments throughout their lifetime. It makes it difficult for artists to build a legacy and leaves behind vast sums of art that are unseen by the general public. In the constantly changing art world, artists are under pressure to constantly produce work that is new and ‘relevant’ to a specific set of nonspecific criteria. As a result, artists are judged based on their most recent work, rather than the overall impact and influence of that work. What’s left behind is a lack of recognition for dedication and talent that goes into a lifelong art career. It is important to remember that an artist’s entire body of work is one important aspect that defines their legacy.
It’s in that light that this retrospective is being present. It represents an overview of my art accomplishments over the last forty years. One of the most profound aspects of being an artist is what they produce throughout their lifetime and how that characterizes both the artist and the times within which they lived and worked. Their art, their created children, takes on a new life when seen within the context of time. This retrospective provides a biased view of my output through time, place, and a great many changes and experiences. It follows a roughly chronological order.
The works in the groups below represent artwork produced between the years of 1983 and 2023.