Joshua Jenkins graduated at Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY) with a BA in Digital Media with a minor in Studio Art in 2010. Although he has some professional education in Fine Art he still considers himself self-taught as his practice stems away from the conventional teachings of traditional art.
“Art to me is the soul’s communication—a response to experience and life. This theory is what innately drives me to create, because I feel as though I have to for my own well-being. Like many artists I use art as a source of therapy—coping with day to day stresses, fatherhood, my sexuality, my childhood and my ongoing struggle with institutional religion. However, not all inspiration comes from my life. I am also inspired by observing people around me. People intrigue me not only on a physical plane, but on a deeper emotional level.
Much of my work is figuratively representational through an expressive and abstract medium. My forms [mostly male] are distorted and at times can seem like disfigured scribbles of a body. I use this disruptive and freeform line as a reference to the influence from the Expressionist movement and also acknowledging the energy of street artists. Furthermore, I find beauty in the raw textures that plagues old cities and in the primitive instincts—used to enhance the decay through an artistic resolve—that graffiti artists seem to do so well. This notion is definitely the root of my overall aesthetic.
It has become apparent to me that my approach to art is to try and give a fresh voice to the Fine Arts—pulling influences from past movements and acknowledging trends that are in today’s culture. All in the same I must conclude that my art is always evolving and will also stay true to my original drive for creating, which comes from my gut—the inner voice that I have learned over time to never question.”