Jenkins (aka littleblackbooks)

The work of Jenkins is quite outstanding. His use of bright, and mostly primary colours makes it very eye-catching and hard to miss, I had to look at all the images in his Flickr photostream. There was such a large body of work, and all of it so unique I could have picked anything to show you! I could do a whole post about his "little black books" alone!

Name (Real or Screename): JENKINS
URL (Blog, Website): www.seesomework.co.uk/books, www.flickr.com/littleblackbooks
Location (Where are you from?): Brighton, England

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Frenetic, intense play.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Beautiful cuts from mundane images, paper, pencils, pens, paint, print, glue, and any technology in an unexpected way.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I met Peter Blake when he was artist in residence at The National in 1993. His incredible passion, craft and celebration for everything and anything that could create an image made me want to experiment and play. In one hour he changed my perception of everything that was possible. He also had about ten works on the go at once, and incredible, warm energy.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I also work for many art galleries as a designer.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Yes. I went to Central Saint Martins.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Speed (understanding time), seriously, I think that is an important technique to me. I often hate a piece if I work on it for too long, it loses energy, passion and erases the beautiful accidents. Drawing and painting are also my first love, I'll often start there and layer colour, collage and printing techniques into any area of this. One of my favourite techniques is layering, erasing, etching and muting photographs with my own marks to blend them into the image. I'm also very comfortable pulling things into the computer briefly to 'bind' it together and then push it out to paper through any means and keep working with it. I'm having loads of fun with a crappy inkjet printer, archival paper and paint at the moment. I'm open to working with anything.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: This is always the one I'm doing right now, right at the point when I look back and smile. Then it's gone and onto the next...

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Gosh! how long have you got: Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Wassily Kandinsky, László Moholy-Nagy. John Maeda, Max Huber, The WAFA Collective, Kate Banazi, Peter Saville, Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, the list is just endless...

Thanks Jenkins!

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Thank you so much Aprile, I'm honored to be featured here with so many great artists.

Jenkins has got to be one of the most inspiring people around, prolific in his output and never afraid to try something new.
He is, without doubt, one of my favourite friends whom I've never met!

Jenkins is fantastic! I love all his collages, they are constantly pushing the boundaries of the medium further and going where no one has gone before! I love his work as well as the rest of the WAFA artists!

I am inspired to make something now.

Great work, really inspiring use of colour and composition!

Don't know if there's any way to contact Jenkins personally, but I wanted to see if it would be okay to use one of his images on a CD cover of mine... It's just a little CD, not for sale, of all cover songs. I just loved the image so I wanted to use it for the cover art. I hope that because of the lack of commerce this disc will produce that it will be okay. :)

What happened to Jenkins? Flickr site gone. Cargo site gone. If I didn't own two of his pieces I would of thought he never existed.

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