My Highlights from The Salon: Art + Design
Signature: Signed "Paul Jenkins" in pen lower left. Also Inscribed in pen on verso: "Paul Jenkins 'Phenomena After Light' New York, 1968 Pour Claude from Paul"
Claude Picasso, Paris, Gift of the Artist
Private Collection, New York
An important figure in the New York School, Paul Jenkins contributed to the development of abstract expressionism in New York and abroad with his intuitive, chance-based approach to painting. Working first with oil paints and later acrylic, Jenkins poured paint directly on the canvas, allowing it to drip, bleed, and pool, as well as manipulating it with an ivory knife. Jenkins’s diaphanous streaks and gentle, fluid fields of color positioned him as an important figure in abstract expressionism, and he often exhibited in the same venues as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning—artists who shared his instinctual working method. “I try to paint like a crapshooter throwing dice, utilizing past experience and my knowledge of the odds. It’s a big gamble, and that’s why I love it,” the artist once said.
American, 1923-2012, Kansas City, Missouri