The Art of Jerry Pinkney

11.23.13 Jerry Pinkney

He’s a native of the City of Brotherly Love. So it’s no surprise that revered artist Jerry Pinkney creates colorful artwork that’s reminiscent of Philadelphia, a city full of murals and known for its vibrant art scene. You may have seen his work in one of his popular illustrated children’s books, but Pinkney’s award-winning illustrations appeal to children and adults alike.  Hand-drawn depictions of Little Red Riding Hood, John Henry, and The Old African capture the imaginations of grown-ups and kids with themes of the African-American experience, classic literature and folklore. The High Museum of Art Atlanta and the editors of Cotton Candy decided to share just a snippet of Pinkney’s career that spans more than 50 years and offers a lifetime of inspiration.

For the stories behind the artwork, click the photos.

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Photo and photo caption credits: High Museum of Art Atlanta, ©Jerry Pinkney Studio. All rights reserved. 

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