Originally from South Orange, New Jersey, visual artist and entrepreneur Kenrick Jobe has been creating art in North Carolina for many years. When he was 12 years old, he and his family moved to Lexington, North Carolina and that is when his journey started towards art in North Carolina.
Jobe made the creative decision to pursue becoming an artist full-time while still in high school. He learned how to create art using standard pencils, watercolors, color pencils, and acrylic while still in high school. He attended East Carolina University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Art. This is when Jobe learned advanced skills in digital artwork. After his time in “Pirate Nation,” he returned to Lexington to continue his pathway towards becoming a full-time visual artist and entrepreneur. Now he is learning more skill sets on how to create digital art and his artistic talents have been featured in local media outlets.
He’s been quoted on saying his father and Kobe Bryant have been two major inspirations in his life, so much so, that he created a tribute piece to the late NBA Hall of Fame Basketball Player.
Some of his favorite pieces of art include a digital art piece titled “Untitled” which shows a male child overlooking the mountains from a highway. This piece was deeply personal for Jobe, as it was created during a turning point in his artistic career. That is one of the beautiful aspects about Jobe’s art is he seeks to challenge the viewer to think outside the box when they see his works. During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, where there were also many occurrences of Black men being murdered at the hands of police, Jobe expressed his thoughts in his artwork and wanted his talents to be used to help others during this time of civil unrest.
He did mention some new artwork he is creating that has not been released yet is becoming favorites of his already. Jobe has been featured on Fox-8 News where he shared his origin story of becoming as an artist and he serves as a Board of Directors member for the nonprofit organization, Arts Davidson County. Recently, he was featured at the 27th Annual Multicultural Festival and the Uptown Arts Festival in Lexington. This is why we felt fellow art enthusiasts should learn more about this amazing artist on the rise in our state.
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