My Highlights from The Salon: Art + Design
The stark white of the piece Phenomena Gathering Place for Saints (watercolor on Arches paper, 2007) is interrupted by an unconstrained, riotous bleed of color. Packing a punch of saturation, the paint feathers out and and tapers back to nothingness. Paul Jenkins’s unorthodox style is emblematic of post-WWII Abstract Expressionism and his spirited works are featured in the permanent collections at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, The National Museum of Art in Osaka, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Signed middle left, "Paul Jenkins."
Framed: 38.75 x 31 in.
Sigrid Freundorfer Fine Art
Paul Jenkins Estate
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