Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins

The paintings of Paul Jenkins represent the spirit, the vitality and the invention of the post Second World War American abstraction. Employing an unorthodox approach to paint application, Jenkins was as much identified with the process of controlled paint-pouring and canvas manipulation as with the gem-like veils of transparent and translucent colour which have characterized his work since the late 1950s. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri in 1923, Jenkins later moved to Youngstown in Ohio. Attracted by New York, he became a student of Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Students League and ultimately became associated with the Abstract Expressionists, inspired in part by the “cataclysmic challenge of Pollock and the total metaphysical consumption of Mark Tobey. An ongoing interest in Eastern religions and philosophy, the study of the I Ching, along with the writings of Carl Gustav Jung prompted Jenkins’ turn toward inward reflection and mysticism which have dominated his aesthetic as well as his life.

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