Julon Pinkston



"Justice shall be mixed with mercy. You shall not always be an Ass.” 

10 x 6 1/2 x 3 inches, acrylic paint, book and mirrors on wood.


This piece is a painting that contains the book A Horse and His Boy by C.S.Lewis when opened. One would open it like a book (carefully).

The panel is made into a kind of box with hinges. The painting has mirrors embedded into it and contains a lot of white, so when lit, reflects light which will add color, and change slightly depending on the light around it. 

The title is from the book; it is from when a certain villain gets turned into an ass temporarily. Such is life sometimes.

About the Artist

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Julon Pinkston first began his studio practice in college after serving as an Infantry soldier in the US Army. It was as a result of the military experience and experiencing personal loss that spurred him into taking the bold move and practicing studio art as a career, embracing an Army motto Fortuna Favet Fortibus (Fortune Favors the Bold).

Julon Pinkston earned a BFA from the University of Houston in 2003. He went on to earn an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas, College of Visual Art and Design in 2008. After graduating he moved home to Houston and began teaching as an adjunct professor at various community colleges and working as an art teacher at Houston Independent School District.  His work has been featured at Houston’s Art Car Museum, the Beeville Art Museum, McMurtrey Gallery, and Zoya Tommy Contemporary Galley, where he is currently represented in Houston.

In his current work he creates impasto paintings along with paint made to look and feel like ubiquitous objects relating to his studio practice like duct tape, plywood, red stickers using acrylic paint as a medium. His work explores the transformity of acrylic painting as a media while maintaining a seductive, elegant quality.