Joshua Jenkins was born in New Jersey in 1987. Primarily raised and home-schooled in Poughkeepsie, NY, he experienced the Northern grit of diverse culture, urban decay and most importantly, acclaimed museums of the Big City. During the summers Jenkins spent time with his father in central Kentucky, which he would call home during his high school years. His youth was spent in the easy-going backwoods of the South contrasted with the fast-paced life of the North; a dichotomy that would greatly influence his artistic work later in life. Jenkins resides in Louisville, KY.
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, romances, 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. In some regards I consider myself a voyeur of life. People intrigue me not only on a physical plane, but on a deeper emotional level. I tend to feed inspiration to myself from others emotional distresses and lives. Ultimately, my work is not to create art at expense of my own or others miseries, but rather to shine a light on the commonalities between us all—being that we all feel similar emotions.
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 soul—the inner voice that I have learned over time to never question.