PAUL JENKINS

American, 1923 - 2012

Phenomena Bowie's Sand Bar,   1981, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 39 3/4 inches

Phenomena Bowie's Sand Bar, 1981, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 39 3/4 inches

Phenomena Traces of the Tide  , Acrylic on canvas, 1969, 80 x 40 incheS

Phenomena Traces of the Tide, Acrylic on canvas, 1969, 80 x 40 incheS

SOLD  Phenomena Silver Mine Vein  , Acrylic on canvas, 1971, 70 x 84 1/4 inches

SOLD Phenomena Silver Mine Vein, Acrylic on canvas, 1971, 70 x 84 1/4 inches

SOLD  Phenomena Blue Upright  , Watercolor on paper, 1982, 59 x 39 1/4 inches

SOLD Phenomena Blue Upright, Watercolor on paper, 1982, 59 x 39 1/4 inches

SOLD  Phenomena Red Robin Breast  , Acrylic on canvas, 1981, 39 x 39 inches

SOLD Phenomena Red Robin Breast, Acrylic on canvas, 1981, 39 x 39 inches


Paul Jenkins was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1923. As a teenager he worked in a ceramics factory which inspired him to explore his studies in drawing and painting at the city Art Institute. An artist of the Abstract Expressionism. Paul Jenkins, an artist originally associated with abstract expressionism, which exhibits in his works redefining color, light and space. He later moved to New York City, to pursue his passion for art and studied at the Art Students Lounge. Morris Kantor & Yasuo Kuniyoshi became his influential instructors. A year later after moving to Paris, he had his first solo show. Jenkins explored with different techniques with flowing paints, pigments and thicknesses and linear overlays.  In 1958, Jenkins titled each canvas Phenomena, with additional identifying words. He believed the work should be descriptive of the process in each painting.  Jenkin’s paintings have undergone subtle but definite changes. In the 1960’s a shift of color saturation and exposure of the white areas gave Jenkins's canvases an enhanced feeling of illumination. Jenkin’s work is widely exhibited while residing in both Paris and New York City; until he passed.