Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney

Portrait of Jerry Pinkney

Introduction to Jerry Pinkney

Across his fifty-year journey as an illustrator, Jerry Pinkney has cast a warm, curious eye on our world.

Escape at Night, Illustration for Escape from Slavery: The Underground Railroad

Time Travel: Revisiting History

Jerry Pinkney has always had a deep and abiding interest in the rich complexities of history.

Grrr (Lion Picks Up Mouse), Illustration for The Lion & the Mouse, 2009

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Then the Rain Came, Illustration for Black Cowboy, Wild Horses, 1998

Graphic Change: The Designer as Illustrator

As a child, Jerry Pinkney loved to draw but never imagined that a career in art might be possible.

The Old African, Book jacket illustration for The Old African, 2005

Burial Ground Interpretive Center

In 2008, Pinkney created a series of powerful life-size figures of documented northern slaves at the African Burial Ground Interpretive Center in New York City.

John Henry, Cover illustration for John Henry, 1994

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Brer Rabbit Goes Back to Mr. Man's Garden, Illustration for The Tales of Uncle Remus, 1987

Art of Enchantment: Bringing Classic Stories & Folk Tales to Life

During his childhood, Jerry Pinkney's parents read and retold classic folk tales in rhythmic cadences that captured his imagination, providing a sense of cultural belonging.

Cotton Club, Illustration for Sweethearts of Rhythm, 2008

Sweethearts of Rhythm

Marilyn Nelson's syncopated poetry jives perfectly with Pinkney's watercolors in this story.

Brer Rabbit Goes Back to Mr. Man's Garden, Illustration for The Tales of Uncle Remus, 1987

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