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Paul Edward Pinkman's 'Crossing Lines' showcased at Watchung Arts Center in March

Updated 03:00 am EST Mar. 1, 2019 Originally published 03:00 am EST Mar. 1, 2019

World-renowned Central Jersey artist Paul Edward Pinkman will be featured in “Crossing Lines," a 35-year retrospective of his work throughout March at Watchung Arts Center.

The collection of paintings, drawings and monotypes will feature Pinkman at his provocative, confrontational, vulnerable and whimsical best, the arts center said in a statement. On view from March 2 to 31, the exhibit will be celebrated with a free opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 3 that is open to the public.

“’Paul Edward Pinkman: Crossing Lines’ demonstrates both his evolving use of materials and methods and presents a glimpse into his thoughts and feelings," the arts center said. "For Pinkman, the process is visible on the surface of the works. They combine the formal elements of point, line and plane within the context of personal and public stories. Each element is represented via the diverse themes in which he works."

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Paul Pinkman Idlib 2018 Oil

Paul Pinkman's oil painting "Idlib" will be on display throughout March in the solo "Crossing Lines" exhibit at Watchung Arts Center. The work is a personal response to the lethal gassing of civilians in Idlib, Syria.

~Courtesy of Watchung Arts Center

Among those styles are auto-da-fe, narrative abstraction and expressionist landscape.

Two recent works illustrate Pinkman’s deeply personal responses to recent events. “Elegy for a Lost Future” mourns the sudden loss of a brother three years ago from a heart attack, while "Idlib" is a personal response to the lethal gassing of civilians in Syria. Other works, such as “Where are we going? Where have we been?” allude to landscape yet use obscure personal symbols.

"Pinkman’s technique uses oil paint with washes and solvents, his loose brushwork belying the focus required to complete each piece," the arts center said. "He desires that the paint ‘looks like’ paint, translucent or opaque and immediate in its application. Mr Pinkman’s works are conceptual in the truest sense of the word, the idea behind each work is important as its execution. The works in this exhibit illuminate his path, with works functioning as milestones along the way.

"Authenticity has been a driving force in the development of his work," the statement also said. "He paints ambidextrously, working with both hands avoiding studied strokes and lines. In various works on paper, Pinkman writes text backwards with his less dominant hand to accomplish something similar. His enduring goal with each piece is to bring forth his essential self, his truest identity."

Pinkman’s work was seen in a special exhibit at the Louvre in Paris in 2015. He also has been displayed at Monmouth Museum in the Lincroft section of Middletown, University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Kinsey Institute in Bloomington. 

Pinkman has worked with Watchung Arts Center regularly since 1992 as vice president of visual arts programs, board member and on its Visual Arts Committee and New Art Group. As a vice president, he identifies local and regional artists for the arts center to display.

The gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 

If you go

"Paul Edward Pinkman: Crossing Lines"

When: Opening art reception 1 to 4 p.m. March 3; on display March 2 to 31

Where: Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Road, Watchung

Cost: Free

Info: 908-753-0190, watchungarts.org

Staff Writer Bob Makin: 732-565-7319; bmakin@gannett.com

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Originally published 03:00 am EST Mar. 1, 2019 Updated 03:00 am EST Mar. 1, 2019
Bob Makin
Entertainment/Business Reporter
Bridgewater Courier News
Since February 1994, features writer for Courier News, initially as a freelancer, then full-time in December 1995. Won nine New Jersey Press Association awards for critical, entertainment, features and news writing and co-won with colleagues four Best of Gannett awards for features and news writing. From 2000 to 2007, served as Courier News' entertainment editor. Since then, has held several positions for the Courier, Home News Tribune, and MyCentralJersey.com, including faith reporter, business coordinator, sports-fitness blogger, municipal reporter, general assignment/multi-media reporter, and now entertainment/business reporter. 
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