An Ode to Pink

 The Elements at Work, mixed media on paper, 25" x 25", 2014

The Elements at Work, mixed media on paper, 25" x 25", 2014

What is pink? Pink is a movement. Pink is gender identity. Pink is femininity. Pink is therefore off limits to some people. Pink is embraced, reviled, and worshipped. One thing it is not is ignored.

Pink is a color phenomenon at this juncture in American culture. Everyone has an opinion on pink, and a personal interpretation.

In 2000, I created 21 pink paintings as part of my BFA Thesis at the University of Denver. Why pink? I wasn't sure- I just loved this pale pink color I could create with titanium white and alizarin crimson oil paint. I went wild with brush strokes and texture, and was told that I had "made pink look tough" by one of my professors. Which, I thought, was a rather odd comment. I had never thought of pink as weak, but there it is.

Why do people scoff or worse, recoil, when a little boy is dressed in pink? Why does every little girl I meet tell me her favorite color is pink? Why do I have so many conversations with fellow artists, collectors, gallerists and curators about the color pink?

 I love pink. Light pink, dark pink, fuschia, magenta, rose, salmon, opera, quinacridone- give me one of each. Let me fill a painting with pink. I add the color, in some form, to nearly every painting I make. If you look closely, it is there.

Pink is love. Pink is passion. Pink is beauty, softness, grace, power. Pink is here to stay.