PE Pinkman: Seeing Someone Else Is Seeing Yourself

Fine Arts Gallery at St. Peter's University

Friday, March 4, 6pm-8pm


Mac Mahon Student Center

47 Glenwood Ave., 5th floor

Jersey City, NJ 07306


This year is the Sesquicentennial Anniversary for the University and the 6th season for the Fine Arts Gallery.

Self portraits on paper using mixed media. Each work in a reflection of feelings durning the COVID pandemic.

Mr. Pinkman’s paintings and drawings bring together observed moments and perceived connections with personal insights, art historical references, and structural elements. He expresses himself in his work with a didactic approach that isn’t always clarified. A portrait isn’t just a depiction of the person, but rather a picture of that person viewed through an interpolated lens. His drawings include both the quotidian and the humorous. His paintings suggest something deep and intimate, psychologically inquisitive, and suggestive.


“Growing up gay in the 1960s and 70s meant constantly struggling with yourself as you related to the rest of the world,” he explains. “It required carefully reading all the signs and signifiers people were throwing at you to piece together a whole and safe life for yourself. The other was always a threat, or a lover. Sometimes both.” The large group of drawings seen here, part of a 100-image cycle completed during the pandemic, uses his own image as an avatar for the anxieties and fears present during the 2020 election cycle and the ongoing COVID pandemic.


Self portraits on paper using mixed media. Each work in a reflection of feelings durning the COVID pandemic.

Born in 1955 in Newark, NJ, Mr. Pinkman received his Bachelor’s in Fine Art and Art History from Seton Hall University in 1979. His early works were first seen publicly in galleries in New Jersey and New York in the mid- 1980s and early 1990s in Torn Awning Gallery, La Mama La Galleria, and Charas El Bohio. More recently the artist’s paintings and photographs have been included in exhibits at the Lourve, Paris; World Trade Center, New York; Drawing Rooms, Jersey City; and the Monmouth Museum, Lindcroft, NJ. Mr. Pinkman currently resides in Plainfield, NJ where he maintains his studio. Throughout his career as a painter, he has maintained a presence as a curator and director of non-profit organizations including the New Art Group (1992 to 2018), Art Group NYC (1990 to 1999), and the Watchung Arts Center (2005 to present), where he currently is a Co-President and VP of Visual Arts Programming.


The exhibition runs from February 3 through March 25, with the opening reception on February 3 from 6 to 8. The gallery is free to the public and all are welcome.


During COVID a mask will be required to enter the building along with your vaccination card. We are committed to keeping us all safe. Parking is available on the street.


Website: www.saintpeters.edu/fineartsgallery

Email: fineartsgallery@saintpeters.edu

Phone: 201-761-6484


Mac Mahon Student Center

47 Glenwood Ave., 5th floor

Jersey City, NJ 07306



COVID-19 Protocols

  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination required

  • Masks required



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