Paul Jenkins trained at Dudley College of Art during the sixties and has lived in the Black Country most of his life but now lives in Cornwall where he has opened up a gallery. He still fires Raku pottery of his own work at his studios.
Originally Paul Jenkins sculpted in wood but turned his attentions not only to sculpting but also to production. He became skilled in mould making and, at the same time, developed his interest in animals. For a number of years he built up a successful business sculpting and producing garden ornaments â€“ in particular British animals of all types.
Later he turned towards sculpting and manufacturing more delicate and intricate sculpture designed for internal use and learnt another production process â€“ cold cast bronze. As before, he became skilled in this as well as developing his sculpting style. He started with cats, after observing his own pets; and then added dogs, hares, foxes and also the human form to his portfolio. His collection of cats is probably his most remembered work but his versatility has enabled him to be constantly in demand. Some eight years ago he started sculpting Hares and it is for these animals where he has enjoyed most success. His work gets more and more intricate, sometimes quite large providing statement pieces such as his new Boxing Hares and the Dancing Hare. These are very good examples of this as well as his new subject Otters. So far they are available in an upright position and a diving pose but it is expected more will follow!
Recently he has sculpted a trio of Meerkats which in their first year have been very successful.
Currently Paul Jenkins is concentrating on sculpting only and his work may be seen in many galleries. He has also designed and had manufactured very large garden sculptures of Hares in limited editions on one or two. One has recently found its way to Sothebys and sold at a very high price!