Charles Hinman is an Abstract Minimalist painter who pioneered the concept of the three-dimensional shaped canvas in the mid-1960s. His work examines three-dimensionality, exploring a fusion of the real space of sculpture and the illusory space of painting in his shaped canvases. Hinman's aim is to create "two separate entities that play against each other, to make the piece work with real and illusionary space, thus combining two separate realms that come together and play with one another." He is drawn to forms which are buoyant, soaring, and free of gravity, leading his shapes to appear wing-like or cantilevered.
In 1965 Hinman was included in the landmark exhibition at The Whitney Museum of American Art, “Young America” and was soon after included in “Shape and Structure” at Tibor de Nagy alongside Donald Judd, Robert Morris, Carl Andre and Larry Bell. In the years since he has been included in numerous museum exhibitions including at the Everson Museum, and the Butler Institute of American Art. He is a repeat recipient of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow.
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