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Herbert L. Fink became one of the Midwest's most popular graphic artists during more three decades at Southern Illinois University's School of Art and Design, and his work continues to be highly sought-after by a growing number of collectors following his death in 2006.
Perhaps best-known for his exquisitely crafted regional landscapes, figure drawings, and fantastic allegorical illustrations, a collection of his work housed at SIU's University Museum reveals that Fink was easily at home in a wide variety of artistic genres including cubism and abstract expressionism.
On this episode of WSIU InFocus, SIU professor of Art and Design Kay Zivkovich, a former graduate student and model of Fink's, shares an insider's appreciation for her friend and mentor's artistic vision and unique personality as she explores the Museum's Fink collection and brings in other examples of his work with host Jak Tichenor.
Zivkovich traces Fink's early development at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduate work at Yale University as he explored modern art themes before coming to SIU in 1961. Here, his style was heavily influenced by the Southern Illinois landscape and friendships with fellow SIU faculty members like the late author John Gardner. Fink's illustrations for Gardner's The King's Indian received accolades for "best book illustrations of the year" in 1973 by the Society of Illustrators. Zivkovich explains how Fink's love of lines is expressed throughout his work and explores Fink's considerable talents working in chalk, charcoal, graphite pencil, and watercolor.
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