Anthony Mars Jenkins was born in Toronto and spent a happy childhood there. He attended the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo from where he graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art and English
After a brief stint at The Toronto Star, he joined The Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper where, for almost four decades, he drew political cartoons, caricatures and illustrations. He also wrote regularly for the newspaper. During leaves of absence from the paper he traveled to 84 countries on all continents save Antarctica.
His extended black and white background influences his painting in its search for line and structure. His travels and photography in the Third World engender a love of dramatic colour and a heightened fascination with his favorite subject matter – the human face and form.
While on lengthy backpacking trips through Australia, Asia, Africa and South America he filled sketchbooks with drawings, cartoons and portraiture done from curbsides, rail platforms, elephant back and outrigger canoe. Some of these sketches appeared as illustrations in early editions of the Lonely Planet travel guides. Many were collected – with accompanying text by the artist – as ‘ Traveler’s Tales – An Illustrated Journey through Australia, Asia and Africa.’ Jenkins continues to travel and sketch to this day.
Anthony Jenkins resides in the countryside in Mono Ontario with spouse, Kathryn and dog, Maggie.
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