Alex Jenkins is an illustrator from the suburbs of South London. He graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2015 having studied Illustration. He describes his work as exploring satirical and critical subject matters through a distinctive and vivid style. He tries to avoid the pretence but wallows in humour, whilst touching on the absurd and surreal. Alex says his personal work illustrates life’s everyday absurdities through a colorful yet grotesque lens. Through commission and editorial work, he has worked for a list of clients that includes Vice, BBC Three, Adult Swim, Juxtapoz and The New York Times.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
Vivid and sometimes garish in color, depicting everyday rigmaroles in a comic-grotesque or absurd style.
WHAT DOES “OFF THE WALL” MEAN TO YOU?
Off The Wall to me reflects as a mouthpiece for the celebration of creative expression to such an iconic brand!
WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN INSPIRATIONS?
I think I try to draw inspiration from subjects I must experience through every day. This could be as mundane as breaking an egg yolk or looking out the window whilst travelling on public transport, but it’s then the process of illustrating the mundane in a particular style.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PAIR OF VANS?
My first pair was the classic Slip Ons in black about 10 years ago.
WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE REACTIONS TO YOUR WORK?
Feedback is good on all fronts, but in terms of favorites it’s always a pleasure when someone mentions they’ve been inspired by the image.
IF YOU COULD DO A COLLABORATIVE PIECE WITH ANY ARTIST, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE?
That’s a toughie, but an artist that really got me going with illustration is Robert Crumb. When coming across his work, it really opened my eyes not only in terms of his technical ability, but the form of humor he brought to his work. It was something that resonated.
WHAT ARE SOME FAVORITE WORKS YOU’VE CREATED?
When it comes to creating an image, sometimes the ones that get the best feedback are the ones that were the most spontaneous or had the least planning. So, it’s hard to say there are directly favorites, but more the reaction they get from others.
WHAT THINGS DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR 2017/2018?
This year I really would like to get into animation and explore the notion of narrative more. I do say that every year, but hopefully this will be the one!