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JENKINS, PAUL

* 12.7.1923 Kansas, † 9.6.2012 Manhattan

Born in Kansas City in 1923, Paul Jenkins was one of the groups of American Abstract Expressionists and became known for his association with the New York School. Jenkins grew up in Kansas and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute after his apprenticeship in a ceramics factory.

In 1948 he moved to New York, where he studied at the Art Students League of New York. There he made the acquaintance of Morris Kantor and Mark Rothko as well as de Kooning, Dubuffet and Pollock. He trained with Yasuo Kuniyoshi, who encouraged him to delve deeply into colour. In New York, Jenkins was a regular visitor to the Frick Museum, where he contemplated the works of Goya, Rembrandt, Turner and Vermeer, learning to appreciate the importance of light. After graduating in 1953, Jenkins went to Europe, Spain and Italy, then to Paris. There he met Dubuffet, Mathieu and Soulages as well as various American artists living in Paris, such as Sam Francis, Lee Krasner and Claire Falkenstein. From then on, Paris and New York became the two cities in which Jenkins spent his entire life. In 1954, Paul Jenkins' first solo exhibition took place at the Studio Paul Facchetti in Paris, where the artist met the gallery owner Martha Jackson and the artist Mark Tobey. In the same year, Jenkins' works were exhibited at the Galerie Arnaud in Paris.

Jenkin's work is characterised by his physical technique, for example, pouring paint directly onto the canvas instead of brushing it, or using unconventional tools such as knives to apply the paint. His vivid use of colour creates compositions that always seem to be in motion.

His works are found in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Norton Simon Museum in California and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Paul Jenkins died on 9 June 2012 in Manhattan, New York City.


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Lot 3403 - A209 PostWar & Contemporary - Thursday 20 June 2024, 02.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Untitled.
Watercolour on firm paper.
Signed at the lower right: Paul Jenkins.
74.5 × 57.5 cm.

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Lot 3404 - A209 PostWar & Contemporary - Thursday 20 June 2024, 02.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Phenomena Rough Diamond. 1975.
Watercolour on firm paper.
Signed lower right: Paul Jenkins, as well as signed, titled and dated on the reverse: Paul Jenkins "Phenomena Rough Diamond" 1975.
76 × 106 cm.

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Lot 3429 - Z38 PostWar & Contemporary - Saturday 27 June 2015, 02.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Phenomena Letter to D.D.D. 1973.
Öl auf Leinwand.
Unten rechts signiert: Paul Jenkins. Verso auf dem Keilrahmen signiert, betitelt und datiert: Paul Jenkins Phenomena Letter to D.D.D. 1973.
121,5 x 65 cm.

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Lot 3422 - A197 PostWar & Contemporary - Thursday 01 July 2021, 05.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Phenomena heaven heaven heaven. 1965.
Watercolour on firm paper.
Signed lower left: Paul Jenkins as well as signed, dated, titled and with the location on the reverse: Paul Jenkins Phenomena Heaven Heaven Heaven New York 1965.
77 × 56 cm.

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Lot 3661 - Z24 PostWar & Contemporary - Monday 30 June 2008, 02.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Phenomena Jones Under. 1961.
Aquarell auf Papier.
Unten rechts signiert: Paul Jenkins. Verso nochmals signiert, datiert, betitelt und bezeichnet "Paris 1961".
34 x 26 cm.

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Lot 3457* - Z34 PostWar & Contemporary - Saturday 22 June 2013, 04.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Phenomena Who Meet. 1983.
Öl auf Leinwand.
Unten links signiert: Paul Jenkins. Verso zudem signiert, datiert, betitelt und bezeichnet: NYC.
48 x 33 cm.

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Lot 3415* - A201 PostWar & Contemporary - Thursday 30 June 2022, 05.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Phenomena Seven Leagues Above the Sea. 1989.
Acrylic and collage on canvas.
Signed lower right: Paul Jenkins, as well as signed, dated and titled on the reverse: Paul Jenkins 1989 Phenomenal Seven Leagues Above The Sea.
76.2 × 61 cm.

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Lot 3448* - Z34 PostWar & Contemporary - Saturday 22 June 2013, 04.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Rising.
Aquarell auf Papier.
Unten links signiert: Paul Jenkins.
57 x 77 cm.

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Lot 3437 - Z27 PostWar & Contemporary - Friday 04 December 2009, 05.30 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Phenomena Amaya Causeway. 1975.
Acryl auf Papier.
Unten rechts signiert: Paul Jenkins, verso zudem betitelt, datiert und mit einer Widmung: Phenomene Amaya Causeway, for Mario Amaya from Paul May 1975.
76,5 x 56,5 cm.

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Lot 3409 - Z41 PostWar & Contemporary - Saturday 03 December 2016, 02.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Phenomena Ahab's Light. 1962.
Watercolour on paper.
Signed, dated and dedicated on the reverse: Paul Jenkins Phenomena Ahab's Light For Marianne from Paul Paris 1962. With the blind stamp: Veritable papier d'Arches.
56.5 x 77.4 cm.

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Lot 3506* - A203 PostWar & Contemporary - Thursday 01 December 2022, 02.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Phenomena purple tree. 1980.
Watercolour on wove paper.
Signed lower centre: Paul Jenkins, as well as signed, titled and dated on the reverse: Paul Jenkins "Phenomena purple tree" 1980.
77 × 58 cm.

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Lot 3426 - Z38 PostWar & Contemporary - Saturday 27 June 2015, 02.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Phenomena Dakota Slope. 1974.
Aquarell auf Papier.
Unten links signiert: Paul Jenkins.
77 x 56 cm.

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Lot 3438 - Z27 PostWar & Contemporary - Friday 04 December 2009, 05.30 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Phenomena Prism Entrance. 1985.
Aquarell auf Papier.
Unten rechts signiert: Paul Jenkins.
38 x 28 cm.

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Lot 3405* - A181 PostWar & Contemporary - Saturday 01 July 2017, 01.30 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Crepuscule Wood. 1959.
Watercolour on paper.
Signed lower left: Paul Jenkins, also signed, titled and dated on the reverse: Paul Jenkins "Crepuscule Wood" Paris 1959.
30 x 22.5 cm.

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Lot 3486* - A183 PostWar & Contemporary - Saturday 09 December 2017, 02.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Mandala Meditation Sundial. 1981.
Watercolour on paper and paper relief in plexiglass frame.
Signed and dated lower centre: Paul Jenkins 1981.
70 x 70 cm.

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Lot 6844 - ibid137 PostWar & Contemporary – online only - Wednesday 28 June 2023, 02.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Untitled. 1968.
Watercolour on paper.
Signed and dated lower left: Paul Jenkins 1968.
48 × 36 cm.

CHF 600 / 800 | (€ 620 / 820)

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Lot 6843 - ibid137 PostWar & Contemporary – online only - Wednesday 28 June 2023, 02.00 PM

PAUL JENKINS

(Kansas City 1923–2012 New York City)
Untitled. 1968.
Watercolour on paper.
Signed, dated and with location lower left: Paul Jenkins Venice 1968.
48 × 36 cm.

CHF 600 / 800 | (€ 620 / 820)

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