Charles Hinman’s philosophy of teaching is to guide students toward finding their own identities as artists. He believes that this requires a strengthening of their innate abilities and talents, while they form their distinctive visions and aesthetic positions. He encourages them to direct their work to the highest possible level of achievement. In order to affect this, he endeavors to discover their backgrounds and experiences in art, and works to help them become the artists they want to be.
Mr. Hinman explores the three-dimensional canvas. He enjoys the visual dialogue between the actual space of the sculptured object and the illusory space of the painting. There is a play of opposites in the work: hard and soft, opaque and translucent, plane and volume, light and shadow, and color contrasts. These works, without reference to objects of everyday life, have freedom of association, imagery and scale.
Mr. Hinman first appeared in a group show at the Sidney Janis Gallery in 1964, followed by solo shows at Richard Feigen, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles; Denise René, New York and Paris; Hans Mayer, Krefeld, Germany; Tokyo Gallery, Japan; Douglas Drake, New York; and many others. His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Hirshhorn Museum; Los Angeles County Museum; Louisiana Museum, Denmark; and Nagaoka Museum, Japan.
He studied fine arts at Syracuse University and at the Art Students League of New York. He taught at Princeton, Cornell, Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts, and Cooper Union. He was Lamar Dodd Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of Georgia. Awards include an NEA fellowship, and grants from both the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.