Paul Jenkins, Phenomena Prism Anvil


Signed Paul Jenkins acrylic, Phenomena Prism Anvil

Artist:Paul Jenkins (1923 - 2012)

Title:Phenomena Prism Anvil

Medium:Acrylic on Canvas

Image Size:45 in x 57 1/2 in (114.3 cm x 146 cm)	

Edition:Unique original acrylic on canvas.

Signature:This work is hand-signed by Paul Jenkins (Missouri, 1923–New York, 2012) in white ink in the lower left corner.

Condition:This work is in excellent condition.

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An organic composition that embodies free form, this acrylic on canvas is beautiful in its expression of our inner selves. Titled “Phenomena Prism Anvil”, the work speaks to a heaviness that exists within us, but is in truth a transparent optical element as we are (psychologically and emotionally speaking) what we make ourselves. The red is symbolic of the anvil weighing the canvas down with its heavy texture and solid form while the yellows, blues, and whites are the prism, the space encapsulating the anvil that doesn’t allow us to see the truth beneath it, what the artist created underneath. Much like ourselves, in which we create our own heaviness, and are unable or unwilling to recognize what lies beneath.  A truly stunning piece, this work is as much powerful as it is compelling.

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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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