Josie Jenkins is an award winning artist based in Liverpool, UK. She studied for her BA Hons in Fine Art (Painting) at Norwich School of Art and Design, UK, graduating in 2002 and has since exhibited in the UK and internationally. Josie was born in The East Riding of Yorkshire and worked as an artist in Hull and Nottinghamshire, before settling in Liverpool.

Josie's practice is concerned with both the making of visual art and the organising and execution of artistic projects including teaching, writing and facilitating platforms for artists to engage with one another and with the public. As Josie is compelled to organise things and connect with people, so is her visual practice concerned with order and the human condition.

Josie is interested in the innate human sense of order, in particular our need to impose order on the world and respond to patterns; including deviations from patterns. In her work, Josie represents order as pattern, multiples of the same thing, structure and in some cases, symbolic images, referring to power, control and familiarity. Deviations manifest as breaks in continuity, ambiguity and images that may be perceived as incongruous or unusual in their setting. Arrangements of images are assembled with a sense of humour, playing on the viewer's expectations. The work deliberately employs classic composition techniques to engage the viewer, combining different forms of painting and drawing on relationships between variety and unity.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Shows
2015 Nothing Gallery, Xiamen, China, A Distorted View.
2015 CEAC, Xiamen, China, Exploding Mountains.
2014 Cork Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, Pathos and Entropy.
2012 Bridewell Studios and Gallery, Liverpool, UK, England Lost Me.
2004 Hull Screen, Hull, UK.
2004 Swan House, Beccles, UK.

Groups Shows
2018 Saul Hay Fine Art, Manchester, UK, Looking Forward.
2017 The Dead Pigeon Gallery, Liverpool, UK, Onsite: The Plasterer.
2017 Warrington Museum and Gallery, UK, A Strange Reality.
2017 Saul Hay Fine Art, Manchester, UK, New Topographies.
2016 The Gallery, Liverpool, UK, The Wonder of it All.
2016 Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, UK, Into the Wilderness.
2015 Djupivogur, Iceland, Rolling Snowball/6.
2014 No Format Gallery, London, UK, Out of the Box.
2014 The Mall Galleries, London, UK, New Lights - Art in the North.
2014 The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK, New Lights Art Prize.
2013 Mercer Gallery, Harrogate, UK, New Lights Art Prize.
2013 Corke Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, Landscape 2013.
2012 Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth, UK, The Gallery Artists.
2012 Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, UK, West Lancashire Open.
2011 3 Bedfordbury Gallery, London, UK, Show Me the Artists.
2011 The Royal College of Art, London, UK, Show Me the Monet Exhibition.
2010 Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, UK, Nottingham Open.

2013 Valeria Sykes Award, New Lights Art Prize.
2012 'Best Landscape', West Lancashire Open.

2015 C-Platform, Xiamen, China, C-Platform Exchange.
2014 Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China, self directed residency.
2014 Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Allenheads, UK, self directed residency.

2014 Sevenstreets and Liverpool International Music Festival, You Are Here.

Various articles, Hidden Gems - Exploring Liverpool's Independent Art Spaces, (independently published, Liverpool, 2016).
Essay titled 'Four Paintings and a Life Room Past' Chapman, D ed. Norwich a Local History, (Norwich: Tempus Publishing, 2002).


Media Publicity

2018 - Group exhibition - Feature in Liverpool Echo "Office of Dan Cardon MP hosts Dead Pigeon Gallery" https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/liverpool-mps-office-become-home-14922534

2018 - Group exhibition with performance by Josie Jenkins recorded as a time lapse video - "Material Matters Act 2" https://materialmatters.org.uk/archive/act-2/

2017 - Group exhibition - "Onsite The Plasterer - Dead Pigeon Gallery"

2017 - Group Exhibition - "A strange Reality" at Warrington Museum and Gallery. http://www.warringtonmuseum.co.uk/blog/trio-of-leading-artists-unveil-a-strange-reality-at-warrington-gallery/


2016 -Josie Jenkins Interview about Hidden Gems publication https://www.a-n.co.uk/news/new-publication-reveals-liverpools-artist-led-hidden-gems/

2016 - Review of group exhibition "New Topographies" at Saul Hay Fine Art in Bees Blogs. https://www.beesblogs.co.uk/new-topographies-review-saul-hay-gallery-exhibition/

2016 - Review of group exhibition "The Wonder of it All" by Messy Lines Blog. http://messylines.com/home/need-want-now/

2015 - Feature on Liverpool Artists' Network co-produced by Josie Jenkins and Colette Lilley. http://www.sevenstreets.com/the-liverpool-artists-collective-better-together/

2015 Josie Jenkins residency at C-Platform https://www.c-platform.org/event/151213/?lang=en

2015 - Group exhibition - "Rolling Snowball 6" Iceland http://www.ceac99.org/ArtistYear/artist2015/08Rolling_Snowball6/index.htm

2015 - Josie Jenkins solo show at CEAC - "Exploding Mountains" http://www.ceac99.org/ArtistYear/artist2015/01Josie_Jenkins/index.htm

2013 - Liverpool International Music Festival commission with Sevenstreets http://www.sevenstreets.com/you-are-here-our-limf-commission/

2013 - "Josie Jenkins wins Valeria Sykes Award, New Lights Art Prize Exhibition." https://newlight-art.org.uk/major-arts-prize-announces-winners/


2012 - Josie Jenkins featured in "Sevenstreets Independents Biennial highlights" http://www.sevenstreets.com/7-liverpool-independents-biennial-highlights/

2011 - "BBC 2 Show me the Monet" feature. http://www.artinliverpool.com/liverpool-artists-feature-in-bbcs-show-me-the-monet/