Artist

Joshua Perkin

Joshua Perkin was born and raised on a farm 150km north of London, where he grew encouraged by his parent's creativity and determination, painting watercolour landscapes in the fields. Never leaving painting behind, he completed an undergrad in Literature at Brighton (UK). After completing the course he relocated to Spain in 2013, where he resides now.

Working in various jobs in the construction industry, he became a skatepark builder and volunteered for charities. These positions enabled him to travel the world and paint along his journey, drawing comparisons between his creative practice and labour work. He later began a masters in ‘Artistic investigation and production’ at the University of Barcelona in 2018, where he explored this relationship further. Now he dedicates himself full-time to painting, only taking breaks to work on the farm a couple months a year.

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Joshua's Style

His artwork is currently centered around an investigation into traditional concepts of labour, and their relationships with artistic production. The narratives presented in his painted images play on a lack of conceptual information, generating discourse and questions about the scenes, the origins of the characters depicted, the architectural features, and the wider socio-political contexts in which these characters, and indeed the works themselves belong.

Joshua’s creative process is a culmination of personal trial and error as opposed to techniques learned from other individuals. His relationship with the work is extensive as he lives in the studio where he can work on several pieces simultaneously. Enjoying the manual process, he also stretches his canvases and often building his own frames.

"My main influences are generally my surroundings and experiences. Although the majority of my painted images are abstracted from reality, my immediate surroundings usually seem to creep into the work, buildings, animals, music, films, books, or the positions in which people are sitting, whether it is in the colour palette, visual narratives or reference to form." - Joshua Perkin

Pruning The Conversation Tree

A series of ten works on canvas and five works on paper produced during the summer of 2021 in Viladellops, a vineyard in Cataluña. "Although the majority of my painted images are abstracted from reality, my immediate surroundings usually seem to creep into the work, buildings, animals, music, films, books, or the positions in which people are sitting, whether it is in the colour palette, visual narratives or reference to form. This has been emphasised in this body of work, ‘Pruning the conversation tree’; I wanted to consciously tie the images together, and the easiest way I found to do that was making the place in which I made them, Viladellops, a protagonist within itself. I used architectural features within the village, as visuals references, adopting these features into my usual painted narratives." - Joshua Perkin, Pruning The Conversation Tree

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