Jenkins was born in Presteigne, Wales. He studied at Leicester College of Art (1918-23) before joining the staff of Birmingham School of Art in 1925. Jenkins was a member of the National Society for Art Education. In 1939 he moved to Harrogate as a principal, retiring in 1961. He moved to Bangor in 1970, and tragically lost his sight in 1977.
Jenkins’ work comprised objective landscapes and work strongly influenced by Cubism. His later pieces concentrated on sunlight, patterns and windows. Jenkins’ group shows included the Royal Academy, City Art Gallery in Leeds and many more in the north of England. His solo shows included Oriel Gallery in Bangor. Christopher Jenkins, the potter, was his son.
The painting depicts office workers in their overcoats and trilby hats, clutching their briefcases and newspapers, hurrying home past the Birmingham Art Gallery on a chilly winter evening. The Town Hall can be seen looming in the background of this bold painting, with the strong light from a streetlamp caught behind the column. The different colours of the sky are captured with a square brush in a rather pointillist manner.
This painting is featured in our Moonlight in Paintings and Watercolours Exhibition – see the EXHIBITIONS page for more information