2013 Judge

'What They Say isn't What They Are' wall painting by 2013 Aspects Art Show judge Dr. Kyle Jenkins.


Dr. Kyle Jenkins is coordinator of Visual Arts and senior lecturer in painting and art theory in the School of Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts, University of Southern Queensland. He has exhibited for over 15 years both nationally and internationally in both commercial and museum exhibition spaces. His artist practice is concerned with spatial construction through colour and line related to both representation and abstraction. His practice is multidisciplinary incorporating painting, wall painting, photography, objects, porcelain, collage and drawing. He is represented by Kant Gallery (Copenhagen) and Minus Space (New York).

'There are a number of things I look for which come together in any artwork generally. That is skill and the ability to use materials in a creative way either through experimental techniques or through traditional art making. Also the subject matter and how the artist has been able to convey their ideas through the use of materials, styles, composition, colour and finally in the finished artwork. The greatest thing about art is also the hardest thing and that is, is that art offers anyone the ability to convey something visually that sometimes can be difficulty to say in words, which is a really special thing. However this can be difficulty at times because anyone who has attempted to create a piece of art work understands that it takes a great deal of time and patience in working out what is the best possible way to do this.

In terms of general tips for making art I think the main thing is to think about what it is you want to create and then just go for. Experiment, try materials out, think about different ways the image can be created, as all these things eventually make a really exciting work of art.'