|RICHARD JOHN JENKINS|
|TITLE:||CATOCTIN CREEK TREASURES|
|SIZE:||48″ x 36″ x 36″|
|MEDIUM:||Metal and wood|
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Richard John Jenkins was born in Hollywood, CA and grew up a block away from the famous Paramount Pictures movie studio which had a profound impact on his life. Films became a huge passion for him at local Hollywood movie theaters where Jenkins loved to look at the scintillating animating neon movie marquees. His love of neon signs and movie marquees on theaters prompted him to help famed neon artist Lili Lakich save many of the classic Hollywood neon signs in a museum Lili and Richard co-founded in 1984 called MONA (Museum Of Neon Art).
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Richard says, “I have always been an artist. I love artwork of all kinds and have been creating works of art starting with cartooning at the age of eight. I’m very attracted to big, bold and colorful abstract and expressionist works of art produced by Russian and German painters in the 1930s; also, movie posters and pulp fiction magazine cover illustrations from the same era.
“I work in three mediums, chalk pastels for large portraits I do of people who inspire me and oil paints for the large abstract/expressionist paintings I enjoy creating as well.
“As far back as I can remember I have always loved the work of stabile and hanging art mobiles maker Alexander Calder. I recall being mesmerized as a kid by his wonderful, gracefully moving mobile installation in the middle of a large water fountain at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, staring at it for hours. Calder is a huge inspiration for me. I now create Calder inspired Stabiles and Mobiles of my own along with the pastels and oil paintings.”
Close friends and contemporary art mentors, neon artist, Lili Lakich, and photography, and Dada artist, Tom Sewell continue to inspire and influence his work.