Exploding Mountains


This work was made during a three month residency that Josie undertook with the Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen, China. During the residency Josie visited the Yangshan Deep Water Port near Shanghai, which is the largest container port in the world. The residency resulted in an exhibition titled 'Exploding Mountains' at the Chinese European Art Center.

Scroll down to the bottom to read the press release. Follow this link the the CEAC website for more details and pictures of the exhibition http://www.ceac99.org/ArtistYear/artist2015/01Josie_Jenkins/index.htm

During the residency Josie wrote about her experience on her blog. Follow this link to read from when she arrived in Xiamen. https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/skygroundbeing/date/2014/11/page/3





Container Island, 2015, acrylic and oil on canvas, 170cm x 260cm




Walk on Water, 2015, acrylic, oil and gold pigment on canvas, 170cm x 260cm




From the Other Side, 2015, acrylic and ink on paper, 110cm x 163cm




Lost the Way, 2015, acrylic and oil on canvas, 96cm x 96cm




The Only Space, 2015, acrylic and oil on canvas, 89cm x 89cm




New Tradition #1, 2015 ink and acrylic on rice paper, 97cm x 179cm




New Tradition #2, 2015, ink on rice paper, 97cm x 179cm




New Tradition #3, 2015, ink on rice paper, 97cm x 179cm




Tree Socks #1, 2015, oil on canvas, 60cm x 70cm




Tree Socks#2, 2015, oil on canvas, 59cm x 73cm




Tree Socks #3, 2015, oil on canvas, 60cm x 70cm




City and the Sea, 2015, acrylic and ink on paper, 90cm x 105cm




Yangshan Port, 2015, oil on canvas, 87cm x 87cm




Signs in the Sea, 2015, acrylic and ink on paper, 92cm x 67cm




Container Ship, 2015, acrylic and ink on paper, 92cm x 67cm











Exploding Mountains
Josie Jenkins (UK)
January 10, 2015 till January 23, 2015
Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China

Press Release

Josie Jenkins is a painter who explores the way human interference impacts on the landscape. In the past she has taken inspiration from the British landscape, her imagery evoking a sense of the edge lands between city and countryside and the subtle incongruity between the natural and the unnatural.
She is interested in overgrown wastelands and forgotten places containing disused and discarded buildings and objects. Her paintings include ambiguous elements, which emphasise confusion, or unnatural colours, objects and patterns, which exaggerate the contradictions and conflict presented by our modern landscape.

In China, Jenkins has turned her focus towards the visible consequence of heavy industry, as well as exploring her overall perspective on the Chinese landscape and the way it is shaped by people. During her residency with CEAC, Jenkins visited the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, the largest container port in the world, and imagery from this research trip features prominently in her new body of work. The landscape speaks of the people who occupy it and, in Jenkins’ paintings; people are notable by their absence.

“When I came to China my intention was to search for landscapes that relate to my artistic practice, but actually, no searching was required; everywhere I look I see images that inspire me. In China, I continually see and hear things that surprise me and some things that at first I found unbelievable. The landscape of China offers a complete contradiction to the landscape of Britain.”

Jenkins’ work has also changed in response to her situation as an ‘artist in residence’. She says, “Having limited time and materials to create work for a residency exhibition, rather than constraining me, has in fact pushed me to work more spontaneously and think more freely. I have had little time to contemplate the technical and theoretical decisions that I am making and so this work feels fresher to me than anything I have done before.”

Josie Jenkins was born in Yorkshire, United Kingdom, in 1980. She studied for her BA Hons in Fine Art (Painting) at Norwich School of Art and Design, graduating in 2002. In the UK, she has worked as an artist in Hull and Nottinghamshire, before settling in Liverpool. Jenkins is a director of Arena Studios, an active artist studio group that has been an integral part of the grassroots Liverpool Art Scene for over thirty years. In September 2013 Jenkins was shortlisted for the New Lights Art Prize, a competition and accompanying exhibition recognising the talent of young Northern artists in the UK. She was presented with the main prize, the Valeria Sykes Award, which has supported her trip to China and residency with CEAC.