Paul Jenkins, ‘Self-Portrait’, 1976, Doyle

Framed. Dimensions of Frame: 30.5 x 22.75"

Signature: Signed and dated 12 July 1776 and with the following text in Jenkins's hand "The Devil Goes away from a closed door … the Devil was good looking when he was young … Every man is Faust."

BRITTON, BURT. Self Portrait: Book People Picture Themselves, 1976, p. 240.

This self portrait was executed for Books & Co. owner Burt Britton.

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