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Charles Hinman (American, b.1932)


Also known as:  Hinman, Charles; Charles B. Hinman

Birth Place: Syracuse (Onondaga county, New York state, United States)


Who is painter Charles Hinman?

Charles Hinman is an abstract minimalist painter. He’s best known for creating shaped canvas paintings during the 1960s. These pieces were created on large, three-dimensional canvases in an attempt to break from the traditions of using a square or rectangular frame -- freeing the artist from constraints and making the frame itself a part of the piece. Hinman’s advances in the abstract art community made him a favorite of many New York gallery owners, including James Rosenquist -- who was instrumental in introducing Hinman’s work to the public.

Charles Hinman’s work is well regarded by his peers and art critics. He has mounted solo shows at several prominent institutions including the Tokyo Gallery, Westwood Gallery, and Richard Feigen Gallery. His pieces have been included at group shows at The Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and the Kuznetsky Most Exhibition Hall in Moscow, among others. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a Lee Krasner Award.

What kind of art does Charles Hinman make?

Charles Hinman is best known as an abstract minimalist painter. This started in the 1960s with his three-dimensional canvas pieces and continues today with his Gems and Black Paintings series. His ability to shift and change while still remaining true to his artistic vision is a talent in which he has few peers. Constantly shifting -- from his organic pieces in the 1960s, to his geometric work in the 1970s, to his leaf-like paintings of the 1980s, Hinman continues to move to the beat of his own drum. His use of the trompe-l’oeil technique, to create forced perspective, is a testament to his technical powers as a painter.

How did painter Charles Hinman get started?

Charles Hinman was born in 1932 to a middle-class family in Syracuse, New York. He was a talented painter and athlete, excelling at both from a young age. He attended the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, and while completing his BFA there, he played baseball for the Milwaukee Braves minor league affiliate. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City where he studied at the Arts Student League for two years. He served two years in the army, then became a mechanical drawing teacher at Staten Island Academy, then at Woodmere Academy where he taught woodshop. In the 1960s, Hinman moved to Lower Manhattan and ingratiated himself in the artist community there. His shaped canvases proved revolutionary and helped spark further developments in the abstract art community in the second half of the 20th century.

How much are Charles Hinman paintings worth?

Charles Hinman paintings are worth anywhere between $1,000 and $30,000, depending on the piece. Hinman’s work is valuable and has amazing consistency -- he has twelve paintings that have sold between $20,000 and $30,000. The most ever paid for a Charles Hinman painting at auction is $34,375 for the piece Aenas (1984) which sold on September 24th, 2014. The most ever paid for a Charles Hinman painting at a Heritage Auction is $23,750 for the piece Diagonal White Path (1967) which sold on May 30th, 2015.

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