Lavaughan Jenkins’ paintings push the boundaries of medium by using oil paint to make three-dimensional work—what he refers to as “3D Paintings.” Jenkins begins each piece with a skeleton of wire and molding paste and then applies four or five dense coats of oil paint to flesh them out. He employs traditional methods to build layer after layer of vibrant brushstrokes until his paintings begin to imitate sculpture. The work takes emphasis away from form and focuses on light and color, mapping a journey for the eye across the surface.
Lavaughan Jenkins is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor. He was raised in Pensacola, Florida and currently creates his work in Boston, MA. He received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2005. Since that time, Jenkins has become a recipient of the 2019 James and Audrey Foster Prize awarded annually by the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston. In 2016, he was named Emerging Artist of the year at Kingston Gallery in Boston, MA, Jenkins is a recipient of the 2015 Blanche E. Colman Award and in 2002 received the Rob Moore Grant in Painting. He has exhibited his work most recently at venues such as Abigail Ogilvy Gallery (Boston), Galerie C.O.A. (Montreal), Kabinett Gallery (Boston), Suffolk University Gallery (Boston), and Oasis Gallery (Beijing). His paintings were selected for inclusion in Fitchburg Art Museum’s 2017 exhibition, People Watching, a show that brought together paintings and sculpture from FAM’s eighteenth to twentieth-century collection alongside artworks by thirteen contemporary artists from New England to explore the way that observation and representation of the human subject have shifted over time. Jenkins has cultivated a long relationship with painting—one that he challenges and redefines with each piece. Jenkins donates annually to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Auction which supports student scholarships.