Chill hip-hop music performs on the speaker as Johnny Duncan hunches over a human-sized canvas — a sundown orange shade taking over your complete space of his chosen medium.
Armed with a can of spray paint, Duncan doesn’t take time to ponder his subsequent transfer earlier than committing it to life in a collection of summary shapes in numerous complementary colours.
Duncan is an area avenue artist who has been working onerous to make a reputation for himself within the New Braunfels artwork scene whereas making an attempt to convey up to date artwork to the neighborhood.
“I’m obsessed sufficient to only do that every single day and do no matter it takes,” Duncan stated.
For the final 14 years the artist who goes by the identify Jenkins2d has been working with totally different mediums, making an attempt out new methods to precise himself by means of artwork. Beginning with pencil and paper, his artwork leapt from the web page and onto canvas earlier than finally sticking it to partitions like his work at native ice cream store Scoop Road.
The New Braunfels Excessive College alum’s work has appeared in places round New Braunfels similar to Pilates Haus, Star Awards and Alla Prima Artwork Studio. His work has even garnered him a PokéStop designation within the well-liked cellular recreation “Pokémon GO.”
But it surely hasn’t at all times been as simple going as his model.
Duncan primarily works out of his dwelling studio in New Braunfels however needed to flip to bigger areas like San Antonio and Austin for his or her extra energetic up to date artwork scene.
“I don’t need to depart,” Duncan stated. “I need to do what I really like the place I really like, in order that’s been the most important impediment.”
Recently issues have shifted.
With the expansion of New Braunfels got here new alternatives, which Duncan created by looking for out the New Braunfels Downtown Affiliation for places and occasions and dealing with the Better New Braunfels Arts Council to share his artwork with the general public.
Other than commissioned work that matches together with his model, Duncan now makes common appearances at First Fridays in downtown New Braunfels, the place he engages in graffiti battles and holds an occasional artwork present.
Duncan’s work is closely impressed by music, together with a number of the creatures he tends to develop and paint.
For his style in characters, Duncan drew early inspiration by listening to the “Gorillaz” for his or her cartoon character model, which is showcased closely of their music movies.
“I used to be at all times into cartoons, and that features anime and video video games and comics,” Duncan stated. “Music had a little bit of a huge impact, like similar to early punk and hip-hop … so a whole lot of that type of comes by means of my work.”
The artist usually establishes playlists for his work, letting the music information him and inspire what he produces.
The music, and his sizable chosen mediums, enable him to face in entrance of a wall and freely transfer round to create his subsequent masterpiece.
“I like an arsenal of (music) that type of matches the vibe of what I’m engaged on, to type of curate what the texture is with the music,” Duncan stated. “I can type of journey that wave of creativity and see what that brings.”
For the time being Duncan is engaged on curating a recent artwork present for New Braunfels Artwork Week, which is able to run for six weeks beginning in August 2023. Within the meantime, Duncan might be seen portray stay on First Friday on the Downtowner Bar & Kitchen every month.OUTID