PAUL JENKINS

 

b. 1923  Kansas City, Missouri

d. 2012  New York, New York (aged 88)

 

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SELECTED WORKS

 

 

Phenomena Entrance Portal
Phenomena Entrance Portal

1973 acrylic on canvas diptych 89 x 85 inches (226 x 215.9 centimeters) One of four paintings for Chapel of Meditation

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Phenomena Overlord with Blue
Phenomena Overlord with Blue

1964 acrylic on canvas 85 ½ x 117 inches (217.2 x 297.2 centimeters)

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Phenomena Blue of 62 in 2002
Phenomena Blue of 62 in 2002

2002 acrylic on canvas 74 ¾ x 100 ¾ inches (190 x 256 centimeters)

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Phenomena Himalayan
Phenomena Himalayan

1971 acrylic on canvas 108 ½ x 144 inches (275.6 x 365.8 centimeters) One of four paintings for Chapel of Meditation

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BIOGRAPHY

 

During the 1950s, American artist Paul Jenkins entered into friendships with Jean Dubuffet, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning et al, and his unorthodox application of paint brought him into association with Abstract Expressionism. His paintings are not representational, but rather express the essence of paint as a medium - Jenkins, in this sense, was very much of his time. However, his vigorous process differs from the action-oriented intentions of his New York contemporaries. He controlled the paint flow across the canvas with an ivory knife, producing diaphonous and intensely colored multi-layered works. While the initial glance may lead one to believe that he stained the canvases, he in fact primed them and poured veils of vivid, jewel-toned paint onto the surfaces. Equally important are the white spaces where the underlying primed canvas is revealed. The influence of China and Japan, including his study of Asian texts, left an indelible impression on his practice. Informed by Zen thought in particular, he integrated ideas from Eastern notions of negative space or “emptiness,” using white background to intensify the presence of the overlapping hues

 

Paul Jenkins attended the Kansas City Art Institute ca. 1936 to 1941. Using his GI Bill at New York’s Art Students League (1948-1952), he studied for four years with Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Throughout his career, he divided his time between New York and Paris. His works are represented in private and public collections internationally, including the Tate Gallery, London; the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University, Cambridge; The Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; among many others. 

 

 

2010 - present

2010 - present

 
SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

2014              Buscaroli, Beatrice. Paul Jenkins: The Spectrum of Light. Prato: Carlo Cambi Editore, illus.

                      Goodman, Jonathan. “Threshholds of Color.” Paul Jenkins (exhibition catalogue). New York: Robert

                      Miller Gallery.

                      Sandler, Irving and Jean-Louis Prat. Reminiscences; the Studio of Paul Jenkins (exhibition

                      catalogue). London: The Redfern Gallery.

2013              Okayama:  Benesse Holdings, illus. [Eyes of the DoveBlue & Red Familiar]. Ozawa, Yoshio. I Am

                      an American? Yasuo Kuniyoshi in New York 1916-1953.

2011              Fleming, Rhiannon. The Abstract Art of Paul Jenkins. Art of England, issue 83, July, illus.

                      Gutai: Painting with Time and Space.  Dipingere con il Tempo e lo Spazio (exhibition catalogue). 

                      Lugano: Museo Cantonale d'Arte.

                      Peppiatt, Michael. Paul Jenkins: The Alchemy of Art (exhibition catalogue). London: The Redfern

                      Gallery.

2010              Buscaroli, Beatrice. Paul Jenkins: La Coscienza del Tempo. On the Rim of Time (exhibition

                      catalogue).  Prato: Galleria Open Art, illus.

                      Harrison, Helen, Ming Tiampo, Tetsuya Oshima, and David Kaplan. Under Each Other's Spell: Gutai

                      and New York (exhibition catalogue).  East Hampton, NY: Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center,

                      illus. [Phenomena Nightwood].

                      Tommasi, Luca.  Paul Jenkins Watercolors (exhibition catalogue). Seregno, Italy: Galleria Civica

                      Ezio Mariani di Seregno, illus.

2009              Ayers, Robert. “Paul Jenkins in the 1960s and 1970s: Space Color and Light.” ARTnews,

                      September, illus. [Phenomena Prevailing Wind].

                      Genocchio, Benjamin. "Painting with Hands and Feet." New York Times, August 23.

                      Olsen, Sandra H. “Two Decades.” Paul Jenkins in the 1960s and 1970s: Space Color and Light

                      (exhibition catalogue). New York: D. Wigmore Fine Art.

                      Smith, Roberta.  “Paul Jenkins in the 1960s and 1970s: Space Color and Light.” New York Times,

                      July 9, illus. [Phenomena Matsumi Chant].

2008              Goldberg, Ira. “Live Dangerously, An Interview with Paul Jenkins.” Linea, Journal of the Art Students

                      League, New York, Spring, illus. [Phenomena Alchemist's Furnace, Phenomena Ritual Stance,

                      Phenomena Ever After Chartres, Hommage à Melville, Sea Escape, Lotus, Phenomena Fall From

                      Grace].

2007              Freedom to Experiment: American Abstraction 1945-1975 (exhibition catalogue).  New York: D.

                      Wigmore Fine Art, illus. [Black Dahlia, Phenomena Where Swallows Live, Under Smoke].

                      Harrison, Helen.  "Unveiling the Image."  Paul Jenkins in the Fifties: Space Color and Light (exhibition

                      catalogue).  New York: D. Wigmore Fine Art.

                      "Longevity, in the Abstract."  The Palm Beach Post, January 14, illus. [Ether Spectrum, Broken

                      Majolica].

                      McCullough, Holly Koons. East End Artists, Past, and Present (exhibition catalogue). Savannah:

                      Telfair Museum of Art, illus [Phenomena Break of Dawn].

                      Paul Jenkins: Recent Paintings (exhibition catalogue), 2007. London: The Redfern Gallery, illus.

                      Schwabsky, Barry.  Artforum, September, p. 480, illus. [Phenomena Phoenix Equinox].

                      Schwan, Gary.  "Abstract Works from '50s and '60s Among Fair Offerings." The Palm Beach Post,

                      January 12, illus. [Ether Spectrum and Broken Majolica].      

2006              A Century of American Art (exhibition catalogue).  New York: D. Wigmore Fine Art, New York, illus.

                      [Albatross, UltraRed].

                      Frimbois, Jean-Pierre.  "42121." Art Actuel, no. 42, January-February, illus. [Phenomena Cross Hatch

                      the Wind].

                      Geometric Abstraction: Two Generations (exhibition catalogue). New York: D. Wigmore Fine Art,

                      New York.

                      “La Fougue du Lyrisme.” L’Express, September 15-21. 

                      Persin, Patrick-Gilles. L'Envolée Lyrique: Paris 1945-1956 (exhibition catalogue). Paris: Musée du

                      Luxembourg, illus. [Iguana].

                      Selz, Peter. Paul Jenkins: the 70s (exhibition catalogue). Mill Valley, CA: Robert Green Fine Arts.

2005              Bellet, Harry. "Paul Jenkins, Sorcier de la couleur, au Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille." Le Monde,

                      September 30, p. 26.

                      Berger, John. "The Colour Code." The Guardian, October 19, pp. 22-23, illus. [Phenomena Astral

                      Tundra].

                      Bouchet, Phillipe.  “I’ve Moved This Here?” Œuvres Majeures (exhibition catalogue). Lille: Palais

                      des Beaux-Arts, (Excerpts published in Paul Jenkins: Recent Paintings (exhibition catalogue), 2007.

                      London: The Redfern Gallery, illus.

                      Corà, Bruno. Cosmogonie Interiori (exhibition catalogue). Prato: Galleria Open Art.

                      El Païs, October 23, illus. [Phenomena An Astral Place].

                      Frimbois, Jean-Pierre.  "Jenkins Elevation." Art Actuel, no. 40, September-October, pp. 62-63.

                      Minturn, Kent. Paintings 1954-1960 (exhibition catalogue). London: The Redfern Gallery.

SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS (solo exhibitions)
 

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University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery, New York

The Butler Institute of American Art

Robert Miller Gallery, New York

Museo di Pittura Murale, Prato

Redfern Gallery, London

Galleria Open Art, Prato

Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley

Redfern Gallery, London

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley

Palazzo Pacchiani, Prato / Galleria Open Art, Prato

UB Anderson Gallery, State University of New York at Buffalo

Galleria Civica Ezio Mariani di Seregno

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville

D. Wigmore Fine Art, New York

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, New York

Robert Greene Fine Arts, Mill Valley

Robert Greene Fine Arts, Mill Valley

Galleria Open Art, Cornice Art Fair, Venice

Redfern Gallery, London

D. Wigmore Fine Art, New York

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock

Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley

Maison des Princes de Pérouges

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille

Abbaye de Silvacane, Le Roque d'Anthéron

Redfern Gallery, London

Galleria Open Art, Prato

Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley

Galerie Proarta, Zurich

Museo Civico, Assessorato alla Cultura di Pizzighettonem

Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples

The Redfern Gallery, London

Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte

Château Haut-Gléon, Les Corbières

Galerie Proarta, Zurich

Centre d'Art Contemporain, Bouvet Ladubay

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown

Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza

Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York

Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach

Galerie Wild, Frankfurt

Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris

Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, New York

Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York

Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown

Galerie Georges Fall, Paris

Galerie Proarta, Zurich

Lorenzelli Arte, Milan

Artcurial, Paris

Centre d'art contemporain, Bouvet Ladubay

Galerie Proarta, Zurich

Château Musée Grimaldi, Cagnes sur mer

Associated American Artists, New York