About the Artist
Josh W. Kinsey’s background is in fine art, and he has a degree in Computer Graphic Imaging. His career path began in the Silicon Valley workforce as an interface designer and digital artist. From there he owned and operated a high-end custom cabinet shop: it was here that he began to develop and nurture his wood and metal working skills. This has culminated in his current endeavor, J.W. Kinsey’s Artifice, a small artisan shop specializing in the creation of unique, design-driven projects focusing on timeless beauty and craftsmanship.
Josh believes that creating a bespoke object that is uncompromising in both quality and timeless design is a noble pursuit.
He has deep convictions about both construction integrity and cohesive design, and integrates masterful craft techniques with quality materials in his pursuit of heirloom quality pieces. Within any project, every part is handmade for its specific application within the overall design (other than the obvious fasteners, fittings, and various electrical components). Typically, adhesives are not used in the assembly of the various parts (meaning, for example, this metal fitting is not hot-glued to that wood piece). Rather, every part is attached mechanically: every sculpture can be disassembled in its entirety with a screwdriver, Allen wrench, and socket set.
Surface treatments typically include gilding, cold- and electro-plating, enamels and lacquers, and the use of various chemical patinas and color stains. Construction materials include the royal metals, high-grade hardwoods, mica, industrial-grade resin, and glass.
Josh’s work has been stylistically consistent since the mid 1990s, inspiration primarily deriving from a vintage industrial motif.
Josh has had his work published in several prestigious art books, has won several unique awards, and his pieces sell internationally.
And most importantly, he can ride a unicycle.