Brian Hinkle Biography

Brian Hinkle lives and works in Wichita, Kansas, where he has lived for most of his life.  When he is not painting, he keeps busy with his day job as gallery director at The Wichita Center For The Arts.   He has also been teaching painting, drawing, portraiture, figure study and enameling at The Wichita Center For The Arts since 1996.

Brian is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa with a bachelors degree in Mathematics in 1986.  He spent a semester abroad at Sterling University, in Sterling, Scotland, in 1985 and later went on to receive his M.F.A. degree in painting from Wichita State University in 1992.  It was during his semester in Scotland that Brian decided to dedicate his life to painting.

Brian exhibits his paintings across the United, and participated in the 2003 Florence, Italy at the Bienalle Internazionale  Dell’Arte Contemporanea.  His artwork is included in numerous collections
regionally, as well as in New York, California, Florida, Texas, and Germany.  Brian has been active on the Wichita Art Scene for many years, as one of the founding members of Acme Gallery, and showing regularly in exhibitions at the Big Sky Gallery Hall and City Arts.  


Over the years, Brian's artwork has ranged over a number of stylistic phases.  His periods can be roughly divided as follows:

Early pastel and oil landscapes done at Grinnell 1982-1986 under the influence of Bobbie
McKibbin, his first significant mentor.  

Starting in the late 1980's, Brian explored abstraction at W.S.U.  and into the mid-1990s.  This initial period of abstract exploration shows the influence of Picasso, Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Rufino Tamayo and other early 20th century Modernist painters.  Artwork from this period includes stylistic references to Cubism, Naive and Outsider art, pictographic symbols, and whimsical lyrical abstraction.

In 1999, Brian's paintings took a turn from abstraction toward representation.  Pictographic symbols were "fleshed out" into more solid illusionistic forms.  Paintings from this period are painted using glazing techniques derived from the Old Masters, and show the influence of Gothic & Renaissance painting and American Regionalist painters such as Grant Wood.  This period includes figurative narrative paintings, landscapes, nudes, and commissioned portraits.

In 2004, Brian's paintings took another turn, this time back toward abstraction.  His goal was to "loosen up" after growing increasingly more precise and detail oriented in his figurative work.  The new paintings veered back toward abstraction, and Brian is currently
enjoying a 2nd wave of abstract exploration.   Brian's painting in this period is strongly influenced by the music of Prokofiev and Shostakovich.