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James Pink creates work that is narrative in style, allowing the viewer to create or interpret the story being told through his art. Mysterious and graceful, the octopus is one of few members of the animal kingdom that can change its skin color and most release ink as a defense mechanism, creating a seemingly magical opportunity to escape potential harm. Throughout history the octopus has taken on negative connotations in visual art, inspiring mythical creatures and folklore of giant octopuses overcoming ships at sea. Pink’s abstracted creation is much less dramatic, focusing instead on the colors, shapes, and motions of the animal.
Pink received his MFA in drawing and printmaking at the University of South Florida, and his MA in sculpture from Northern Illinois University. He is Professor Emeritus the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he taught printmaking.
Included in Fables, Insults, and Reverence: The Animals of UND Art Collections Exhibition at the UND Art Collections Gallery in the Empire Arts Center
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