Paul Jenkins (1923-2012, New York/France), abstract painting, acrylic on canvas, in blue, red, gold and brown on white ground, titled and dated en verso “Phenomena Cut Heather, Paris 1962”. Signed lower left in white paint, “Paul Jenkins”. 23 3/4″ H x 28 3/4″ W sight, 26″ H x 31″ W in narrow metallic frame. Biography (courtesy Askart): Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins began studying art at the Kansas City Art Institute in his hometown when he was only 13. He served in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II, then studied in New York at the Art Students League under Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Morris Cantor. During this time he also met Jackson Pollack and befriended Mark Rothko. In 1953, he went to Paris where he had his first one-man show. He studied there at the American Artists Center where he experimented with pouring paint on canvas in various thicknesses to create a sense of dynamism in the process itself. Jenkins was heavily influenced by the theories of Jung and by the visionary imagery of Odilon Redon and Gustave Moreau, and described himself as an “abstract phenomenist.” From the 1960s on, all his paintings’ titles began with the word “Phenomena.” Provenance: Private Collection of a Retired Sculptor and Art Patron, Middle Tennessee. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. Slight abrasions to lower right corner.
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