Joanna Pinsky is a painter residing in Evanston, Illinois. Working with acrylics, she has creates two-dimensional shaped paintings on canvas and gator board as well as rectangular works on paper. She enjoys creating shaped pieces because they have a dynamic presence that gives a greater sense of reality to the objects. The rectangular works enable her to explore a more traditional format along with using the paint to emphasize the unique quality of water color paper. Formerly abstract, her paintings now include images of architectural fragments and nineteenth century-heroes including Cuban Jose Marti and Abraham Lincoln.
Pinsky often creates installations with the shaped gator board paintings, hanging them so they seem to interact with each other. Nothing is hung parallel or perpendicular to the floor giving the appearance that the objects seem to be floating in space like memories when you fall asleep at night.
Pinsky has exhibited shaped paintings and rectangular works on paper in numerous solo shows including Space 900 Gallery in Evanston, Perimeter Gallery and Nancy Lurie Gallery in Chicago, the Koehnline Museum of Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL; ArtWorks in Waukegan, IL and A.I.R. Gallery in New York City. Her work has been seen in national and international group exhibits in Hanover, Germany, Syke, Germany; Osaka, Japan; the State of Illinois Building in Chicago, The Illinois State Museum, Springfield; the Ukrainian Art Institute, Chicago; Rockford College Gallery, Rockford, IL,; Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M. and exhibits in Minneapolis, MN, and Louisville, Kentucky. She is a member of Space 900, an artists’ collaborative and art gallery in Evanston.
Pinsky’s work is in many private, corporate and museum collections including the Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Il, Oakton Community College, IL, Millikin University, Decatur, IL, Honeywell, Inc., Minneapolis, Sandoz Corp, Des Plaines, Il, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Northwestern University Dept. of Mathematics and the Loyola Medical Center, Maywood, IL. She has received feature articles in the Chicago Tribune, Crains Chicago Business and Pioneer Press, and her work has been reviewed in New City Art, Chicago, The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-times, The New Art Examiner and Pioneer Press. Her work is included in the book, The Chicago Art Scene, by Ivy Sundell, Crow Woods Press, 1999. Pinsky has a B.F.A. from Cornell University where she majored in painting and studied art history.
Pinsky is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Art Encounter, a 41 year old non-profit education organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and connecting people of diverse ages and backgrounds through interactive encounters with visual art.