J.W. Portait

Josh W. Kinsey is a meticulous artisan who weaves together the intrinsic nature of manic beavers with the distilled hopes and dreams of orphaned kittens, twisting their variegated manifestations upon his engine lathe. Delicate metallic fantasies that taste sweet upon the tongue are bored and reamed upon his drill press, incised with traceries of angst with razored chisels and planes. Arcane symbols and geometries that are a delight to the nose are illustrated with his compass and pantograph.

Repurposed elements are expressly forbidden in Kinsey’s spiffy mechanical concoctions, as is hot glue, upcycling, the word “Steampunk”, shoddy craftsmanship, negative musings, and broccoli. Rather, Kinsey combines ornately whittled exotic woods with foundry cast mechanical elements smooshed into delightful expressions of splendiferous sparkliness.

J.W. Kinsey’s pieces are wondrous fabrications celebrating the joys of craftsmanship from bygone imaginings. Spelunking the bottomless depths of the colloquial “What is it?” and the always nefarious “What’s the F’n point?”, Kinsey’s sculptures capture the viewer’s attention, briefly.

J.W. resides with his wife Katelyn in Silverton, OR.

Most importantly, he can ride a unicycle.

        Awards, Gallery Exhibitions, and Publications:

  • Nov 2020 -Two person show at Lunaria Art Gallery in Silverton, OR
  • Dec 2018 – Interview Vintage Industrial Spark: Artist Handcrafts Object of Wonder within Our Town newspaper
  • Oct – Dec 2018 – Group show Found Things From Lost Lands at The Fernie Brae Gallery in Portland, OR
  • Sept 2018 – Two person show Fabrications at Lunaria Art Gallery in Silverton, OR
  • April 2018 – Group show Naturally Unnatural at the Borland Art Gallery in Silverton, OR
  • Dec 2017 – Group show What Is Steampunk? at the ArtBar in Portland, OR
  • Feb 2017 – Solo show at Gather in Silverton, OR
  • Jan 2017 – Solo show Mesmeric Devices at The Fernie Brae Gallery in Portland, OR
  • Feb 2016 – Solo show Distillates of Aether at Lunaria Art Gallery in Silverton, OR
  • Oct 2015 – Solo show Objects of Wonder at Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery in Salem, OR
  • Oct 2015 – Final Contestant on TV show Steampunk’d (eight episodes)
  • Oct 2015 – Interview Featured Maker: An Interview with J.W. Kinsey within The Hourglass Magazine
  • Sept 2015 – Interview Silverton Artist takes Steampunk to a New Level within the Statesman Journal newspaper
  • August 2015 – Interview with the Geekly Update radio station: episode 28 station KMUZ 88.5 FM
  • April 2015 – Article Interview with Joshua Kinsey of J.W. Kinsey’s Artifice within The Navigatrix on Etsy blog
  • March 2015 – Interview The Art in Artifice: Necessity plus Creativity in OurTown newspaper
  • Feb – March 2015 – Group Show Disparate Elements: A Steampunk Revolution within the Rankin Art Gallery, Ferris State University, MI.
  • Oct 2014 – Interview article Kinsey’s Creations: Inside the World of Master Builder J.W. Kinsey published within The Clockwork Magazine
  • Oct 2014 – Various works published within the book The Steampunk User’s Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-Futurist Dreams by Desirina Boskovish and Jeff Vandermeer
  • Aug 2014 – Winner Best in Arts & Crafts category of the 2014 annual international Geekie Awards
  • May 2014 – Solo art exhibit at Wells & Verne gallery in Portland, OR.
  • August 2011 – Group Art Show 2nd Steampunk Form & Function Exhibition at the Charles River Museum, Massachusetts
  • July 2011 – Various works published within the book 1000 Steampunk Creations: Neo-Victorian Fashion, Gear, and Art by Joey Marsocci & Barbe Saint John
  • Winter 2010 – Drawing The Nothing Pump published within Mobius: The Journal of Social Change Magazine
  • 2001 – Digital painting Migraine published within Spectrum 9: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Artist Compendium
  • 1992 – Industrial Light & Magic’s Creature and Model Exhibition: First Place
  • 1991 – Industrial Light & Magic’s Creature and Model Exhibition: First Place