Paul Jenkins, Untitled, 1985


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Signed Paul Jenkins Unique Original Watercolor, Untitled, 1985

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Artist:Paul Jenkins (1923 - 2012)

Title:Untitled, 1985

Medium:Unique original watercolor on paper

Image Size:42 in x 30 in (106.7 cm x 81.3 cm)

Sheet Size:42 in x 30 in (106.7 cm x 81.3 cm)

Framed Size:approx. 53 in x 41 in (137.2 cm x 106.7 cm)

Signature:This work is hand signed by Paul Jenkins (Missouri, 1923–New York, 2012) in pencil in the lower left image; signed and dated on verso.

Condition:This work is in excellent condition.

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Paul Jenkins Untitled, 1985  evokes something both lovely and fateful, akin to a balmy summer evening with an impending dark storm. The diagonal movement of the piece resembles the zigzag of a winding road, and we get the sense of sliding through transcendental hills and pigmented clouds. The sliver of dark blue dominating the top of the piece reveals a spot of beautiful yellow-orange, and it feels as if we’re looking at a glowing sunset on the horizon, wrapped in stormy rolling clouds. It’s hard to look away from the piece, its saturated melting forms forming a sublime magical landscape, and one can almost feel the electric air, the immensity, and the awe that this Jenkins watercolor conjures. This work truly does possess something phenomenal, occurring beautifully before our very eyes yet remaining thoroughly mysterious and enthralling. The range of hues and saturations is fully realized; from the deepest blue to the tropical orange to the fresh white of the paper, the piece is a luscious visual feast. Jenkins’s creation progress approached the manner of a musical conductor. He directed the paint rather than controlled it, letting the flowing paint create its own forms, and allowing it to engage with other elements of the piece. The paint then transformed into stunning and mesmerizing compositions, exemplified gorgeously in Jenkins Untitled, 1985.

Created in 1985, this unique original watercolor on paper is hand signed by Paul Jenkins (Kansas City, 1923–New York, 2012) in ink in the lower left; also signed and dated in ink on the verso.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Paul Jenkins Untitled, 1985 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).

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Paul Jenkins Untitled, 1985 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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Why Jenkins?

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 (1923-2012)

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.

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