Sunday, 22 May 2011

Paul Jenkins


The paintings of Paul Jenkins have come to represent the spirit, vitality, and invention of post World War II American abstraction. Employing an unorthodox approach to paint application, Jenkins' fame is as much identified with the process of controlled paint-pouring and canvas manipulation as with the gem-like veils of transparent and translucent color which have characterized his work since the late 1950s. Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1923, Jenkins was raised near Youngstown, Ohio. Drawn to 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 Jung prompted Jenkins' turn toward inward reflection and mysticism which have dominated his aesthetic as well as his life.

Dr. Louis A. Zona, Director
The Butler Institute of American Art

Phenomena Blue to See By 1987
watercolor on paper 43 x 31 inches 110 x 79 cm

Vertebrae Cosmique 1954
ink on paper
21-1/8 x 14 inches

Untitled 1954
21 x 14-1/8 inches

Sun in Scorpio
poems by Joyce Wittenborn
ink drawings by Paul Jenkins

Untitled 1985

Phenomena Mistral Veil 1970
acrylic on canvas 120 x 96 inches 304.8 x 244 cm

Phenomena Kwan Yin 1969
acrylic on canvas 88 x 119 inches 223.5 x 302.5 cm

Phenomena Uranus Burns 1966
acrylic on canvas 85 x 70 inches 216 x 178 cm

Phenomena Yonder Near 1964
acrylic on canvas 116 x 63-1/2 inches 295 x 161 cm

Phenomena Yellow Strike 1963
acrylic on canvas 80 x 40 inches 203 x 101.6 cm

Phenomena Yellow Eye 1962
acrylic on canvas 39-3/8 x 32 inches 100 x 81 cm

Phenomena Over Albi 1960
oil and enamel on canvas 77 x 51 inches 195.6 x 128.5 cm

Divining Rod 1956
oil and enamel on canvas 54 x 38 inches 137 x 96.5 cm

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