Jinkins awarded by the Wisconsin Regional Art Association

October 23, 2013

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Robert Jinkins

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Robert Jinkins, senior fine arts major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was recognized for his painting “Almost Home.” He received the Joseph E. Burk award from the 2013 annual Wisconsin Regional Art Association. The conference was held in Madison, Wis. on Sept. 22 and the award included a $200 prize. His work had previously been chosen for the WRAA conference during a regional art show last October.

Jinkins is originally from Rewey, Wis., and established his interest in art at an early age. He took his first art class at UW-Platteville when he was 15 years old and since then he has been honing his skills.

Jinkins’ work is realistic and mirrors his rural upbringing. He first exhibited his paintings at the Iowa County Fair. For many of his paintings, Jinkins uses photographs of farms in the southern Wisconsin area as references. He has tried different styles before, but it always comes back to his country roots.

“Almost Home” is a portrait study of Jinkins’ great-uncle, Henry. His aunt and uncle were moving out of their home and into a senior living community. Jinkins wanted to paint his uncle before their move to a new place.

According to Jinkins the portrait depicts the dignity which can accompany older age as a result of a life lived with conviction, faith and integrity. Symbolically, the portrait also reveals the optimism Jinkins saw in his uncle’s confidence as he faced his final life choices and no matter what happened, he was still “home.” This painting took three to four weeks to complete and was done with acrylic mixed media on an aqua board panel.

Jinkins has three other paintings hanging in the Rountree Gallery at 385 East Main Street in Platteville.  Another is hanging in Stations, the dining facility in Bridgeway Commons. The paintings at Rountree all adhere to his rural theme, depicting students in front of silos and combines located in different rural settings. 

The paintings located in the Rountree Gallery were possible through the Pioneer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. The PURF program provided Jinkins with funds to purchase his painting supplies. Jinkins said he is grateful to his advisor Bruce Howdle, who has been supportive during his time at UW-Platteville.

Jinkins plans to graduate this spring and may go to graduate school in Madison or at the University of Iowa.

Contact: Robert Jinkins, Student, (608) 623-2133, jinkinsr@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Megan Schmidt, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, schmidtme@uwplatt.edu

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