Paul Jenkins, Untitled, 1979
|Artist:||Paul Jenkins (1923 - 2012)|
|Medium:||Unique original acrylic on canvas|
|Image Size:||45 x 41 in. (114.3 x 104.1 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||45 x 41 in. (114.3 x 104.1 cm)|
|Framed Size:||approx. 55 in x 51 in. (139.7 cm x 130 cm)|
|Edition:||This is a unique and original work|
|Signature:||This work is hand-signed by Paul Jenkins (Kansas City 1923 – New York 2012) on the lower left. Signed again and dated on verso.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
Paul Jenkins Untitled, 1979 feels like a rush of fresh air, the crisp bright colors and the smooth flowing brushstrokes presenting an invigorating composition. The serene vertical movement of the blue and white paint at the left of the canvas transforms, as our eye moves to the right, into curving sweeps of rich yellow and red and beautiful multicolored diagonal lines. There truly is something phenomenal to the work, and the longer it’s examined, the more fascinating and complicated it becomes as the viewer starts noticing more subtle textures and marriages of color. The colors remain remarkable bright and beautiful as they mix together; light and quick strokes of color reveal the texture of the canvas and give the composition a shimmery, spirited aura. There is a wonderful dimensional quality to the work conceived by thick application of paint which rises up from the canvas, creating beautiful colorful depth. The piece is at once energizing and calming. The purity of the colors and clean bright white background testify to the power of visual simplicity and endow the piece with a remarkable dynamic force. This unique acrylic work is a beautiful example of Jenkin’s masterful use of paint, which he both guides and allows to take on a life of its own, presenting us with a colorful and swift abstract world that is endlessly fascinating to examine.
Created in 1979, this original and unique acrylic on canvas is hand-signed by Paul Jenkins (Kansas City 1923 – New York 2012) on the lower left. Signed again and dated on verso.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Paul Jenkins Untitled, 1979 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).
1. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Paul Jenkins, Untitled, 1979 is presented in a complementary moulding.
What Do I Get With My Purchase?
The Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work, guaranteeing its authenticity for as long as you own it.
All catalogue raisonné and historical documentation is included with your purchase.
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A prominent figure in American Abstraction, Paul Jenkins secured himself as a lasting name in the fine art world through his stunningly nonfigurative works, whether in his poured oils on canvas or his delicate yet pungent color prints. While his works lack in representation, an experimental spirit and his embrace of chance, what he called 'Phenomena', carried throughout any medium he touched, providing for brilliant creations that transcend the notion of painting as well as graphic conventions.
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Paul Jenkins Biography
Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1923, Paul Jenkins grew up wanting to be artist and on the weekends would work at a ceramics factory, where watching the master mold-maker’s handling of shape and color, he said, had a profound effect on his ideas about painting. After graduating high school, he served in the U.S. Maritime Service and entered the U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II. In 1948, he moved to New York City where, on the G.I. Bill, he studied at the Art Students League of New York. During that time, he met Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock and in 1953, after traveling to Europe where he worked for a brief period of time, he decided to reside in Paris permanently and divide his time between there and New York.
During this time Jenkins achieved international prominence for his early abstractions due to his method of abstraction which is a tactile, chance-driven method of painting that privileged almost every technique over brushwork. His first solo exhibition in New York was in 1956 with the Martha Jackson Gallery, a leading gallery of the time, and with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York purchasing a painting from the exhibition success followed. In 1959, Peggy Guggenheim purchased a Paul Jenkins painting from the artist’s studio in Paris further cementing his status.
Dabbing in theater writing and assisting with movies such as the Academy Award nominated 1978 film “An Unmarried Woman” directed by Paul Mazursky, Jenkins career as an artist is diverse and storied. Dying in 2012, Jenkins described himself as an “abstract phenomenist,” and while he is classified as an abstract expressionist, his works are forces to be reckoned with both in beauty and value.