Paul Jenkins, ‘Phenomena of octane’, 1959, Dellupi Arte

Signature: Firmato in basso a sx | Signed below left: “Paul Jenkins”

• “Tracce. Vari aspetti della pittura astratta”, Dellupi Arte, Milano, 9 aprile – 15 maggio 2016, cat. pp. 54-57, ill. col.
• “Space, color and light. Paul Jenkins 1955-60”, D. Wigmore Fine Art, New York, 2007, cat. pp. 37
• “The early years in New York and Paris. Paul Jenkins 1954 – 60”, Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY, 1999.
• Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, 1964.
• Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, 1960.

• Collezione privata, Padova;
• Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles;
• Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.

About Paul Jenkins

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