Paul Jenkins


American abstract artist Paul Jenkins, along with his contemporaries Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock were members of the New York School, an informal group of artists active in the 1950s in New York City that embraced avant-garde styles. As an abstract expressionist, Jenkins employed compositional strategies indicative of the movement including a controlled paint-pouring technique that explores the interaction of color, shape, and form. Jenkins' interest in tactile painting methods was likely informed by his experience growing up in Kansas City, Missouri where he worked at a ceramics factory. His significant body of work includes oil and acrylic paintings and works on paper, often characterized by radiant fields of vibrant color and lyrical abstraction.