1905 - 1977
Junkin was born the son of Presbyterian missionaries in Chunju, Korea. When his father died in 1908, his mother returned to Fredericksburg, Virginia. The family then moved to Lexington, Virginia in 1914 where he attended public schools and after graduating from Washington and Lee in Lexington, he traveled to New York City to study art. Junkin studied at the Arts Students League from 1927-30 with George Luks and George Bridgeman.
After several successful years of working on his craft at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, Philadelphia, and the Art Institute of Chicago his art was accepted into their Annual American Exhibitions. In that same year he married and accepted a job in Richmond, Virginia at the Richmond School of Art. In 1934, the Richmond School of Art gave him a one-man show.
During the years 1934-41, Junkin’s status as an artist rose, he exhibited at Corcoran Biennial 1937, Washington, DC, Whitney Museum 1937, New York City, The Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Institute, International, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and New York World’s Fair in 1939. He founded the Pencamp Point Art Colony (Mobjack Bay Virginia) in 1950.
After leaving the Richmond School of Art he taught at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (1941-46) and at Washington and Lee University (1949 -1973).
Junkin’s paintings are included in the Virginia Museum of Art and Washington and Lee’s permanent collections.
The painting you see here is a Cubist style still life.