Paul Jenkins, ‘Portrait New York New York’, 1981, Heritage Auctions
Paul Jenkins, ‘Portrait New York New York’, 1981, Heritage Auctions
Paul Jenkins, ‘Portrait New York New York’, 1981, Heritage Auctions

Framed: 46.25in x 34.25in x 0in

This work incorporates screenprinted portraits of the artist by Andy Warhol made in 1979, who was a good friend of Jenkins. General Electric commissioned Jenkins to create variations of these works for the General Electric company meeting held in New York City in 1981.

Signature: Signed and titled in purple pencil along top edge: Paul Jenkins Portrait New York New York

The artist; Private collection, New York, acquired from the above, 1981; Private collection.

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