Paul Jenkins, born 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri , dedicated much of his youth to the arts field, beginning as a student of the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1948, Jenkins relocated to New York City, to further pursue his studies at the Art Student’s League, aided by the GI Bill following his services in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II. Under the tutelage of his mentors, Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Morris Kantor, as well as the growing influence of “New York School” Abstract Expressionism, Jenkins was especially inspired by a range of new techniques, styles and art theories. Specifically citing his contemporaries Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, Jenkins personalized approach to controlled paint-pouring, channeled using an ivory knife, allowed the artist to further experiment with space and color, often in sync with his studies of Eastern philosophy and spirituality. Referring to himself as a "abstract phenomenist", the titles of his paintings began with the term ‘Phenomena’, 1960s onward. This particular ‘Phenomena’ watercolor is highly unique in presence, the applied paint seemingly cropped, forming a neat ‘v’ shape, which stretches across the paper. The gentle tones of mauve against white at the center, are overwhelmed by bold surrounding pops of color in, gold, pink and turquoise, as well as the applied off-black, towards the left perimeter. This piece is in overall very good condition, consistent with age.
Jenkins’ works can be found in numerous museums and Fine art institutions, such as The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Tate Gallery (London), Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), San Diego Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Muse?e d'Art Moderne (Paris), Muse?es de Nice, the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Fonds National d'Art Contemporain (FNAC) du Ministe?re de la Culture et de la Communication (Paris), Muse?e d'Art Contemporain (Dunkerque), Muse?e Picasso (Antibes), South Texas Institute for the Arts (Corpus Christi), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City), Milwaukee Art Museum, Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich), Bayerische Staatsgema?ldesammlungen (Mu?nchen), Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Art Collection & Plaza Memorials (Albany), The University of Texas at Austin (Michener Collection), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), Gallery Open Art (Prato), the Redfern Gallery Ltd (London), The Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk), The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Albright-Knox Gallery (Buffalo); included are numerous private collections in various cities, namely New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Denver, London, Milan and Taipei.