I believe that creating a bespoke object that is uncompromising in both quality and timeless design is a noble pursuit.

My background is in fine art, and I have a degree in Computer Graphic Imaging. My career path began in the Silicon Valley workforce as an interface designer and digital artist. From there I owned and operated a high-end custom cabinet shop: it was here that I began to develop and nurture my wood and metal working skills. This has culminated in my 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.

I have deep convictions about both construction integrity and cohesive design, and integrate masterful craft techniques with quality materials in my 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.

My work has been stylistically consistent since the mid 1990s, inspiration primarily deriving from a vintage-industrial motif. Currently, this falls within the aesthetics coined Steampunk or Dieselpunk. I call it, and prefer, the moniker Vintage Industrial.

I have had my work published in several prestigious art books, have won several unique awards, and my pieces sell internationally.

Currently, I reside in Silverton, Oregon with my wife and children.

And most importantly, I can ride a unicycle.


Of recent interest, I was a Finalist in the TV show Steampunk'd! That's me in the bottom left corner, glowering...


Of not so recent interest, I won the Best of Art & Craft Award at the 2014 Geekie Awards! This award was presented within the Avalon Theater in Hollywood. The Geekie Awards is an international arts competition, and kind of a big deal.


Awards, Gallery Exhibitions, and Publications:

  • Dec 2018 - Interview Vintage Industrial Spark: Artist Handcrafts Object of Wonder within Our Town newspaper

  • Oct - Dec 2018 - Group show Found Things From Lost Lands at The Fernie Brae Gallery in Portland, OR

  • Sept 2018 - Group show Fabrications at Lunaria Art Gallery in Silverton, OR

  • April 2018 - Group show Naturally Unnatural at the Borland Art Gallery in Silverton, OR

  • Dec 2017 - Group show What Is Steampunk? at the ArtBar in Portland, OR

  • Jan 2017 - Solo show Mesmeric Devices at The Fernie Brae Gallery in Portland, OR

  • Feb 2016 - Solo show Distillates of Aether at Lunaria Art Gallery in Silverton, OR

  • Oct 2015 - Solo show Objects of Wonder at Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery in Salem, OR

  • Oct 2015 - Final Contestant on TV show Steampunk'd (eight episodes)

  • Oct 2015 - Interview Featured Maker: An Interview with J.W. Kinsey within The Hourglass Magazine

  • Sept 2015 - Interview Silverton Artist takes Steampunk to a New Level within the Statesman Journal newspaper

  • August 2015 - Interview with the Geekly Update radio station: episode 28 station KMUZ 88.5 FM

  • April 2015 - Article Interview with Joshua Kinsey of J.W. Kinsey’s Artifice within The Navigatrix on Etsy blog

  • March 2015 - Interview The Art in Artifice: Necessity plus Creativity in OurTown newspaper

  • Feb - March 2015 - Group Show Disparate Elements: A Steampunk Revolution within the Rankin Art Gallery, Ferris State University, MI.

  • Oct 2014 - Interview article Kinsey’s Creations: Inside the World of Master Builder J.W. Kinsey published within The Clockwork Magazine

  • Oct 2014 - Various works published within the book The Steampunk User’s Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-Futurist Dreams by Desirina Boskovish and Jeff Vandermeer

  • Aug 2014 - Winner Best in Arts & Crafts category of the 2014 annual international Geekie Awards

  • May 2014 - Solo art exhibit at Wells & Verne gallery in Portland, OR.

  • August 2011 - Group Art Show 2nd Steampunk Form & Function Exhibition at the Charles River Museum, Massachusetts

  • July 2011 - Various works published within the book 1000 Steampunk Creations: Neo-Victorian Fashion, Gear, and Art by Joey Marsocci & Barbe Saint John

  • Winter 2010 - Drawing The Nothing Pump published within Mobius: The Journal of Social Change Magazine

  • 2001 - Digital painting Migraine published within Spectrum 9: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Artist Compendium

  • 1992 - Industrial Light & Magic’s Creature and Model Exhibition: First Place

  • 1991 - Industrial Light & Magic’s Creature and Model Exhibition: First Place