Paul Jenkins


Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) was a major American abstract painter who first established his reputation in post-war France.   

Along with artists such as Sam Francis and Jack Youngerman, Jenkins was based mostly in Paris in the 1950s, and as a result his work developed in tandem with rather than following the New York School. 

Jenkins, like the aforementioned artists, came to Paris because of the famous G.I. Bill - which covered veterans' tuition and other expenses while studying. Jenkins would settle in Paris around 1953 however over the course of the next decade he would regularly exhibit in the United States. By 1960 Jenkins had sold work to the Whitney and Peggy Guggenheim. He also had a solo show at the legendary Martha Jackson Gallery. In the following decades he would become one of the most recognizable and commercially successful abstract artists. His large works were instantly recognizable for their elegant and dynamic aesthetic. 

Jenkins’ approach and certain technical elements of his creative process keep him in context with the Abstract Expressionists. Known for avoiding the paintbrush, the artist dripped paint, or watercolor on surfaces, often manipulating paint to pool, roll, and bleed. Jenkins is one of the only artists of his era to continuously work and experiment with the abstract potential of watercolors. 

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Watercolor on paper

Signed by the artist

USA, circa 1975

42‚ÄĚH 30.75‚ÄĚW (work)

50"H 38.5"W (framed)

Very good condition 

Note: accompanied by an appraisal by The Elaine Horwitch Galleries (Scottsdale / Santa Fe) from 1982. 

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