Jay Wilkinson became interested in art at a young age when a childhood dyslexia made reading difficult. So to bridge the divide he began examining images within the books he spent time with. This lead to extensive drawing from National Geographic, Audubahn, and comic books. The images he created moved from examination to creation; to simply recreate them was not enough anymore.
Wilkinson attended Pratt Institute in New York and upon returning to Texas, he began creating large scale installations and experiences within the local underground art and music scene. This lead to the founding and inaugural installation show of Bobby On Drums in 2015. Since then Wilkinson has co-founded The Art Tooth Gallery Project, been awarded the first Art South Residency and painted in The Bass Performance Hall, Casa Manana Theatre and The Kimbell Art Museum.
Wilkinson's work is an exploration of the assemblage of the human condition. He uses portraiture to construct expressive views of soft and emotional human characters. They have deeply rich classical truth to them, almost as if they were convoluted literary figures captured in a point of shift. He portrays this small narrative by twisting, pulling, adding or removing from the image to create implied lies between what you expect them to be and what they truly are. This is overtly true of his painting works and neatly hidden into his sculpture and larger installations which seem to push past the normal limits of what he is as an artist.