Paul Jenkins

1923-2012
Lot 185
Paul Jenkins
Untitled
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
June 10, 2018
Lot 186
Paul Jenkins
Untitled
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
June 10, 2018
Lot 12
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Standing
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,625
February 25, 2018
Lot 296
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Ambiance of Blue
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $10,625
October 22, 2017
Lot 184
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Wind at the Foot of the Anvil
Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000
Price Realized: $75,000
May 21, 2017
Lot 161
Paul Jenkins
Phenomenon Hamlet The Dane
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $7,500
March 5, 2017
Lot 168
Paul Jenkins
Untitled
Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized: $550
March 5, 2017
Lot 67
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Carib Mask
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $8,125
May 22, 2016
Lot 322
Paul Jenkins
Untitled
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,312
October 11, 2015
Lot 391
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Iron Wood
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $5,312
March 1, 2015
Lot 258
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Byron's Hunch
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $6,250
October 12, 2014
Lot 31
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Sung Jade
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,000
October 13, 2013
Lot 223
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Caught
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
December 16, 2012
Lot 39
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena White Tail Sound
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $6,875
October 7, 2012
Lot 40
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Winged Globe
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $6,250
October 7, 2012
Lot 41
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Starcross
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $3,125
October 7, 2012
Lot 90
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Skyros Vase
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $9,375
March 6, 2011
Lot 413
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Purple on the Left
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $4,287
October 17, 2010
Lot 414
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Touched by Yellow
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $3,430
October 17, 2010
Lot 339
Paul Jenkins
Untitled
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,041
December 6, 2009
Lot 224
Paul Jenkins
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $4,500
February 10, 2008
Lot 127
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Winter Harth
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $7,800
June 3, 2007
Lot 128
Paul Jenkins
Untitled (3)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $630
June 3, 2007
Lot 129
Paul Jenkins
Untitled
Estimate: $700 - $900
Price Realized: $600
June 3, 2007
Lot 130
Paul Jenkins
Untitled
Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized: $300
June 3, 2007
Lot 381
Paul Jenkins
Eyes of the Dove-Ming Lantern
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $12,000
December 3, 2006
Lot 382
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Spell River
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $8,400
December 3, 2006
Lot 383
Paul Jenkins
Phenomena Tibetan Altar
Estimate: $1,800 - $2,500
Price Realized: $1,920
December 3, 2006
Lot 386
Paul Jenkins
Untitled
Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized: $540
December 3, 2006

About The Artist

Paul Jenkins (1923–2012) was one of the most significant postwar abstract painters in America. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Jenkins spent two years in the Navy Air Corps during the Second World War. He moved to New York in 1948 where he used the G.I. Bill to study at the Art Students League under Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Fascinated by the metaphysical theories of Abstract Expressionism, he became associated with the New York School in the 1950s. He encountered Jackson Pollock and became friends with Mark Rothko. Jenkins retained his artistic connections to the city’s art scene even after relocating to Paris in 1953. By the late 1960s he had found international acclaim and was exhibiting in galleries worldwide. 

Jenkins left behind a dramatic and beautiful body of abstract paintings, brimming with rich, saturated hues and spontaneous compositions. He achieved this unique aesthetic by working on a tilted canvas, which could be moved to direct the flow of poured paint as it pooled across the painting surface. Jenkins then manipulated the paint using an ivory knife. The resulting billowing veils of color reflect the dynamic way in which they were produced. Jenkins’ fluid style of action painting draws comparisons with the work of Pollock and Willem de Kooning, whom Jenkins often exhibited alongside.

Jenkins referred to his paintings as ‘phenomena,’ which encapsulates the intuitive nature of process which incorporated chance wherever possible. In reference to his unconventional methods, the artist said, “I try to paint like a crapshooter throwing dice, utilizing past experience and my knowledge of the odds. Its a big gamble, and thats why I love it.” Jenkins remained prolific in the 1970s and beyond and his later practice attained a more reflective air, informed by his interest in Eastern philosophy, the work of Carl Gustav Jung and the I Ching.

Jenkins’ work is featured in numerous major collections around the world including Tate, London; National Museum, Cardiff; Musée d´Art Moderne et d`art Contemporain, Nice; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz; Vancouver Art Gallery; Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills; Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville; List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont; Palm Springs Art Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Kennedy, R. “Paul Jenkins, Painter of Abstract Artwork, Dies at 88.” New York Times. June 17, 2012. Web, Jan. 17, 2017. Zona, L.A. “Biography”. paulkenkins.net, Web, Jan, 17. 2017. “Paul Jenkins”. artsy.com. Web, Jan, 17. 2017. Felleman, S. Real Objects in Unreal Situations: Modern Art in Fiction Films. Intellect Books, 2015. 134-135.

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