Like most artists Joshua Jenkins started creating art as a child mainly drawing cartoons in his sketchbooks. It wasn’t until college that Jenkins’ interests switched over to painting and fine art where he was quickly inspired by the modern art movement of the 20th century. Jenkins graduated from Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY) with a BA in Digital Media with a minor in Studio Art in 2010. It was there that he was trained in an environment with a mindset of free painting. The professors at Marist taught that the primary focus was on finding one’s own voice verse focusing on the traditional rules and techniques of fine art. Jenkins took this direction to heart and continues this mindset to this day.
Throughout his 20’s and into his early 30’s, Jenkins’ work primarily focused on the male figure through an expressive and raw abstract medium. His forms were distortedly abstract with unabashed paint strokes and bold colors—pulling influences from the German/Post-Expressionist movements. Jenkins drew a lot of his subject matter from personal experiences, his sexuality, and of people around him at the time. Jenkins’ primary focus was to paint something that could make people feel how he was feeling through his art.
Now in his mid-30’s, Jenkins’ focus has shifted slightly as he explores influences from street art & pop art movements with his Guerrilla Block and XL series—where he uses found imagery, personal photography & drawings that are then digitally manipulated, printed, and collaged (wheat pasted) onto various materials (from found wood to canvas.) The subject matter continues to evolve day to day but primarily focuses on the juxtaposition of nostalgic imagery with a contemporary point of view.