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Paul Jenkins Wall Art

Paul Jenkins (1923 – 2012) was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He met Lloyd Frank Wright who suggested that he should think about a career in agriculture rather than art. Jenkins also visited Benton Hart Thomas and confided in him his intention to become a painter. The Nelson-Atkins Museum’s Eastern art collection had an early influence on him. In his youth, Jenkins worked at a ceramics factory. This experience heavily influenced his palpable painting methods. In those years, the artist moved to Struthers, Ohio to live with his mother and stepfather, who both ran the local newspaper, then the Struthers Journal (currently the Hometown Journal). He joined Struthers High School and after his graduation from, he served in the United States Maritime Service and entered the United States Naval Air Corps during the Second World War.

In 1948, Jenkins moved to New York City where he studied with Yasuo Kuniyoshi and with Morris Kantor at the Art Students League of New York for 4 years. It was during that time that he met Barnett Newman, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. He traveled to Europe in 1953, working in Taormina in Sicily for 3 months before settling in Paris, France. Beginning 1955 onwards, he shared his time between Paris and New York. As an abstract artist his inventive practice was distinguished by his choice to avoid the paintbrush altogether. Instead he allowed pigment to roll, bleed or pool across the surface of his canvases. He guided the paint with a knife to create fluid fields of color.
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Phenomena Waves Without Wind, 1977
Fine-Art Print
38" x 24"
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