SIZE: Painting - 11” x 22” / Frame - 17” x 28”
NOTES / REFERENCES:Jerry Pinkney was born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia in 1939, and began drawing at the age of four. In junior high school his work was noticed by cartoonist John Liney, who encouraged him to pursue the career of an artist.
Pinkney concentrated on commercial art at the Dobbins Vocational School as a teen, and was granted a full scholarship to the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. He moved to the Boston area and worked as a designer-illustrator for Rustcraft Greeting Card Co., the Barker-Black Studio in Boston and helped found the Kaleidoscope Studio. Two years later he opened his own studio in Croton-on-Hudson, NY and focused on illustrating children’s books.
Illustrating over one hundred titles children's books since 1964, Pinkney has been the recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, a Caldecott Medal, and five New York Times "Best Illustrated Books". He has received five Coretta Scott King Awards, and four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards. In 2003, he received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston and in 2010, a Doctor of Fine Arts, from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. The Society of Illustrators in New York has presented Jerry Pinkney with four gold medals, four silver medals, the Hamilton King Award, and their Original Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011, he was elected into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.
Exhibitions: the Brooklyn Museum; the National Center of Afro-American Artists; the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature.