Wilkins ......... is the product of an old Virginia family. He grew
up in two places. His early childhood was spent in suburban Chicago.
When he was 14, his father, a convention industry executive, moved
the family to Houston Texas. It is by no accident that southern
and mid western cultures, have given the artist his sense of humor,
and a desire to create.
Early artistic pursuits gave him
some notable national recognition, as an award winning print maker
of fine wood block prints. The artist has continued with this medium
"It's my Art Noir work, if you like."
" Studying the changes in
shadows and light is a simple format, but can be very highly dramatic
in a subject." Stark contrasts of black and white bring the
viewer into a world of sharp shadows, contrasting light and texture.
This immediately grabs the interest of the viewer.
Further studies in Art lead P.L.Wilkins
to study Art and Design in Texas, at Kilgore College and the University
of Houston. Influenced by his contemporaries, the times, music,
and the poster art of the day, Wilkins, found himself pursuing a
musical career in California. Living in Los Angeles, and for awhile,
the Bay Area, he played in a rock n Roll band, under the name of
Chip Wilkins. While in LA., he worked as a production artist for
a needle point canvas company, and in the film animation industry,
as a back ground artist.
Influenced by the simplicity of
the media, and its cartoon like quality, the artist has incorporated
some of these elements in a number of his conceptual paintings.
Returning to Texas, and living
in Austin, he became infatuated with oriental art and the study
of feng Shui. This lead him to become involved in consultation work
and the creation and manufacture of ornamental folding screens.
Calling his screens "Empress Screens", he could then use
his skills in structural form. The screens were colorful, stylistic,
and hand painted on wood. Starting out with Asian motifs, he eventually
ended up with more and more original designs and themes. Despite
receiving commercial praise and positive reviews, this endeavor
however, was not cost effective to produce, and eventually forced
the artist to concentrate just on paintings.
Moving to Philadelphia in the
late 1990s produced new interests: and exciting subjects to be inspired
by. Seasonal, changes, old architecture, leafy neighborhoods, a
Chinatown, the Skuykyl River, and Fairmount Park, all contributed
to the ambiance and atmosphere that the artist had been searching
for. A series of new paintings and explorations has resulted.
He recently has enjoyed some new
found admirers and patrons, in his flights into impressionism. The
artist has been participating in several Plein Air paint outs. One
notably, in Rye New York, where his paintings have generated a renewed
excitement and interest.
P. L. Wilkins, a multi stylist,
has captivatingly explored painting forms from the Conceptual, to
Abstract and Realism styles.
He currently resides in Philadelphia,
where he maintains a studio and home gallery.