Brian Hinkle
Biography ~ Resume  
Biographical Information         

Brian Hinkle lives and works in Wichita, Kansas, where he has lived for most of his life.  When he is not painting, he keeps busy teaching painting,
drawing, portraiture, figure study and enameling at The Wichita Center For The Arts since 1996.  Brian was  Gallery director at The Wichita Center
For The Arts until 2008.  He is currently developing a full-time career as a studio artist.

Brian is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa with a bachelors degree in Mathematics in 1986.  He spent a semester
abroad at Sterling University, in Sterling, Scotland, in 1985 and later went on to receive his M.F.A. degree in painting from Wichita State University in
1992.  It was during his semester in Scotland that Brian decided to dedicate his life to painting.

Brian exhibits his paintings across the United States in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Florida and New Mexico, and Florence, Italy at the
Bienalle Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea 2003.  His artwork is included in numerous collections regionally, as well as in New York, California,
Florida, Texas, and Germany.  Brian has been active on the Wichita Art Scene for many years, as one of the founding members of Acme Gallery,
and showing regularly in exhibitions at the Big Sky Gallery Hall and City Arts.  His paintings were featured in a solo exhibition at Trish Higgins Fine Art
in 2002, and at the Dennis Morgan Gallery in Kansas City in 2004.  His artwork is currently represented by Leopold Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri,
Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas, ArtWorks, Inc. in Wichita, and Taylor’s Contemporanea in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Brian has also
accomplished a number of commissioned portraits of people, their pets, and their homes!
A Note on Changes in Brian's STYLE

Over the years, Brian's artwork has ranged over a number of stylistic
phases.  His periods can be roughly divided as follows:

Early pastel and oil
landscapes done at Grinnell 1982-1986 under the
influence of Bobbie  McKibbin, his first significant mentor.  

Starting in the late 1980's, Brian explored
abstraction at W.S.U.  and into
the mid-1990s.  This initial period of abstract exploration shows the
influence of Picasso, Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Rufino Tamayo and other early
20th century Modernist painters.  Artwork from this period includes stylistic
references to Cubism, Naive and Outsider art, pictographic symbols, and
whimsical lyrical abstraction.

In 1999, Brian's paintings took a turn from abstraction toward
representation.  Pictographic symbols were "fleshed out" into more solid
illusionistic forms.  Paintings from this period are painted using glazing
techniques derived from the Old Masters, and show the influence of Gothic
Renaissance painting and American Regionalist painters such as Grant
Wood.  This period includes figurative narrative paintings, landscapes,
nudes, and commissioned portraits.

In 2004, Brian's paintings took another turn, this time back toward
abstraction.  His goal was to "loosen up" after growing increasingly more
precise and detail oriented in his figurative work.  Brian's painting in this
period show a strong Cubist influence and are also influenced by the music
of Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Beginning in January 2009, Brian returned to painting the Kansas
Landscape, this time largely motivated by a desire to make a living as an
artist! It's hard to sell nudes or abstracts in the Mid-West, so he turned to
the landscape partly in response to a "challenge" to work toward the
market, rather than stubbornly against it!  His newest work is rich and
realistic with an emphasis on mood and sense of atmosphere.  And thus
begins the latest chapter in a long a varied artistic journey . . .
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