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Paul Jenkins Art

American, 1923-2012

Born in Kansas City, the multimedia artist, poet and playwright Paul Jenkins began his studies at Kansas City Art Institute and the Art Students League in New York City. After his discharge from military service at the end of February 1946, he briefly studied playwriting with dramatist George McCalmon at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. Thereafter, Jenkins spent four years studying with Japanese-American artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi in New York City. His first solo exhibitions were held at Studio Paul Facchetti in Paris in 1954 and the Martha Graham Gallery in New York City in 1956. Over the past 30 years, numerous retrospectives have been curated across the globe and Jenkins’s work can be found in national collections from Europe and the United States to Israel, Australia and Japan. 

The diversity of Jenkins’s work springs from a wealth of eclectic influences. Some of his earliest works included what he called "interior landscapes” influenced by ancient natural forms. Frequent student visits to the Frick Collection in New York fostered a love of the great masters, while trips to the renowned Eastern collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City evoked powerful responses to a monumental Chinese fresco of Buddha, polychrome sculptures of the enlightened Bodhisattva, the Buddhist goddess of mercy Kuan-Yin, Indian bronzes of Hindu god Shiva and statues of meditative Buddhist lohans. Serving in the US Naval Air Corps during the Second World War, Jenkins painted watercolours of Japanese Kabuki dancers and read the ancient Chinese poetic teachings of the I Ching and Lao Tse Tung’s Tao Te Ching, described by him as "masterpieces in simplicity.” Jenkins’s discovery of psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s book Psychology and Alchemy was as illuminating for his practice as were formative meetings with dancer Martha Graham, architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Abstract Expressionist painters Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman. 

Concerned with colour and texture, nearness and distance as well as reality and mysticism, Jenkins’s work — considered to be part of the second wave of Abstract Expressionism — is a spiritual meditation on the nature of chance, balance, synchronicity, change and transformation. His ejection from an early art class in Kansas City for eating the still life appears instructive: "For me the pear is to be eaten and experienced, not painted.” Jenkins sought to reject the traditional Neo-Platonic approach to art as well as life in favour of a Taoist concern for the “present moment.” In this sense his paintings become spiritual reflections on the transitory present, life merely a rippled dance upon the water’s surface. Jenkins’s death in 2012 and the subsequent release of important works onto the market by his estate increased global interest in his work and they have grown in value and popularity. Jenkins’s works can be found in public and private collections worldwide.

(Biography provided by Stern Pissarro Gallery)

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Artist: Paul Jenkins
COMPOSITION (UNIQUE 1/1)
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Aventura, FL
Unique monotype in colors. Hand signed, dated and numbered '1/1' lower left by Paul Jenkins. Frame size approx 27 x 34.5 inches. Additional images are available upon request. Cer...
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1980s Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Paper, Monotype

Phenomena
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Palo Alto, CA
Paul Jenkins Phenomena is a unique and original acrylic on paper. This work is hand-signed by Paul Jenkins (Kansas City 1923 – New York 2012) in ink in the lower right image. About ...
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1960s Modern Paul Jenkins Art

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Acrylic

Composition pour Eric, Orig Lithograph, Signed, Annotated "Eric Hand" & Dated
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Paul Jenkins (July 12, 1923 – June 9, 2012) The paintings of Paul Jenkins have come to represent the spirit, vitality, and invention of post World War II American abstraction. Emplo...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Phenomena Spectrum Guardian by Paul Jenkins, Abstract Expressionist artist
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
Phenomena Spectrum Guardian by Paul Jenkins (1923 - 2012) Acrylic on canvas 76 x 101.5 cm (29 ⁷/₈ x 40 inches) Signed lower middle Paul Jenkins Executed in 1970 Provenance: Galleri...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

PHENOMENA CROSS WIND ALTERNATE
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed, titled and dated on verso by Paul Jenkins. Artwork is in excellent condition. Acquired by our gallery from a private collector. Gallery i...
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1980s Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Untitled
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Palo Alto, CA
Paul Jenkins Untitled, 1971 conveys a strong sense of movement through a bold central composition dominated by shades of yellow, purple and black. Surrounded by a white background, t...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Paper, Watercolor

Untitled
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Palo Alto, CA
Paul Jenkins Untitled, 1972 features a multilayered fusion of paints that blend together utilizing a unique darkened color palette to create a mystical and compelling image. A black ...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Paper, Watercolor

Seeing Voice Welsh Heart
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this color lithograph on Rives BFK. Signed and numbered 30/40 in pencil. Printed by Mourlot, Paris. Published by Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris. From the same-...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Color, Lithograph

Phenomena Prism Mirror by Paul Jenkins - Abstract painting
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
*UK BUYERS WILL PAY AN ADDITIONAL 5% IMPORT DUTY ON TOP OF THE ABOVE PRICE Phenomena Prism Mirror by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) Acrylic on canvas 147.3 x 104 cm (58 x 41 inches) Signe...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Red Parrot
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this scarce color lithograph on Arches. Artist's proof, aside from the edition of 65. Signed and dated in pencil. Published by the Martha Jackson Gallery, N...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Color, Lithograph

Phenomena 23rd Blessing
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Irvine, CA
Provenance: 1974 Martha Jackson Gallery Original invoice from Martha Jackson Gallery states the work is signed on the back on the actual paper on which it is painted. Excellent cond...
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1970s Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor

Phenomena Prism house, Watelcolor, Black&White
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Milano, IT
A unique B&W watercolor by Paul Jenkins, signed and dated on front and verso, dating back to the Eighties. The piece is accompanied by a certification of authenticity issued by a g...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph, Paper

Phenomena High Born by Paul Jenkins - Abstract painting
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
*UK BUYERS WILL PAY AN ADDITIONAL 5% IMPORT DUTY ON TOP OF THE ABOVE PRICE Phenomena High Born by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) Acrylic on canvas 91.44 x 50.8 cm (36 x 20 inches) Signed ...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Phenomena Heart's Blood
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Milford, NH
A vibrant abstract expressionist watercolor by American artist Paul Jenkins (1923-2012). Jenkins was born in Kansas City, Missouri and later became well known, both in New York and F...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Paper, Watercolor

Phenomena Celtic Fire Torc by Paul Jenkins - Abstract painting
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
Phenomena Celtic Fire Torc by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) Acrylic on canvas 76 x 61 cm (29⁷/₈ x 24 inches) Signed lower left Paul Jenkins Signed, dated and titled on the reverse Execute...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Phenomena like Byron by PAUL JENKINS - Abstract Expressionist, colour
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
Phenomena like Byron by PAUL JENKINS (1923-2012) Oil on canvas 74 x 60 cm (29¹/₈ x 23⁵/₈ inches) Signed lower left, Paul Jenkins Signed, titled and dated on the reverse and on the st...
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Oil

Amadeus Listening, Large Colorful Abstract Lithograph by Paul Jenkins
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
Amadeus Listening Paul Jenkins, American (1923–2012) Date: 1992 Lithograph, signed, numbered, and dated in pencil Edition of 39/40 Image Size: 30.25 x 22 inches Size: 37 x 28 in. (93...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

International Very Special Arts (hand signed and inscribed)
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Extremely rare when hand signed as this is. These posters were printed to celebrate the International Very Special Arts Festival in Brussels, Belgium. Paul Jenkins signed and inscrib...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Screen

Prism, Large Colorful Abstract Lithograph by Paul Jenkins
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Paul Jenkins, American (1923 - 2012) Title: Untitled Year: 1983 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 75 Size: 30 in. x 22 in. (76.2 cm x 55.88 cm)
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

"Phenomena Fire Bringer," Paul Jenkins, Colorful Abstract Expressionism Stain
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Larchmont, NY
Paul Jenkins (1923 - 2012) Phenomena Fire Bringer, 1977 Watercolor on paper 42 x 30 inches Signed lower left Provenance: Horwitch Newman Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona Bobbie Friedman...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Paper, Watercolor

Phenomena Greet by Day by Paul Jenkins - Abstract Expressionist painting
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
Phenomena Greet by Day by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) Acrylic on canvas 146 x 114.3 cm (57 ½ x 45 inches) Signed lower right, Paul Jenkins Executed in 1994-1996 Provenance: Private col...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Composition, p.59, from Prints from the Mourlot Press
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Paul Jenkins Medium: Lithograph Title: Composition, p.59, from the book Prints from the Mourlot Press Portfolio: Prints from the Mourlot Press Year: 1964 Edition: 2,000 Frame...
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1960s Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Phenomena Winter Harth by Paul Jenkins - Abstract Expressionist painting
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
*UK BUYERS WILL NEED TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL 20% ON TOP OF THE ABOVE PRICE Phenomena Winter Hart by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) Oil and sand on canvas 66 x 122 cm (26 x 48 inches) Signed,...
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1970s Contemporary Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Oil

Phenomena Quoth by Paul Jenkins - Abstract Expressionist painting, 1963-64
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
*UK BUYERS WILL PAY AN ADDITIONAL 20% VAT ON TOP OF THE ABOVE PRICE Phenomena Quoth by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) Acrylic on canvas 76 x 100 cm (29 ⁷/₈ x 39 ³/₈ inches) Signed lower ...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Phenomena Tong Grimace by Paul Jenkins - Abstract Expressionist painting, 1964
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
*UK BUYERS WILL PAY AN ADDITIONAL 20% VAT ON TOP OF THE ABOVE PRICE Phenomena Tong Grimace by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) Acrylic on canvas 76 x 100 cm (29 ⁷/₈ x 39 ³/₈ inches) Signed...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Phenomena Rainbow Rush
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Paul Jenkins. "Phenomena Rainbow Rush" is an abstract expressionist painting, acrylic on canvas by American Color Theory artist Paul Jenkins. The artwork is signed in t...
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Late 20th Century Post-War Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Phenomena West Mantle (1968). Acrylic on canvas painting by Paul Jenkins
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Hong Kong, HK
An emblematic example of Paul Jenkins mastery. It is not by hazard that Phenomena West Mantle was chosen as the cover of the catalogue for the groundbreaking exhibition "Paul Jenkins...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Acrylic, Canvas

Stripes
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Stripes by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) Watercolor on paper 42 x 30 ¼ inches unframed (106.68 x 76.835 cm) 47 ½ x 35 ½ inches framed (120.65 x 90.17 cm) Inscribed (Jenkins) on bottom cen...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor

Untitled IV, Original Lithograph, Signed & Dated, 1973
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Paul Jenkins (July 12, 1923 – June 9, 2012) The paintings of Paul Jenkins have come to represent the spirit, vitality, and invention of post World War II American abstraction. Emplo...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Lithograph
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
This stunning lithograph was realized by the esteemed 20th Century artist Paul Jenkins circa 1965. It offers an energetic and ebullient abstract composition in tones of tangerine, aq...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Paul Jenkins, "Earth Day," Lithograph, 1971
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
This lithograph was created by Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins. Employing an unorthodox approach to paint application, Jenkins is as much identified with the process of controll...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Earth Day, Colorful Abstract Lithograph by Paul Jenkins 1971
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Paul Jenkins, American (1923 - 2012) Title: Earth Day Year: 1971 Medium: Lithograph on Mourlot watermarked Wove Paper, signed in the plate and in ink lower left Size: 29 in. ...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Earth Day, Colorful Abstract Lithograph by Paul Jenkins 1971
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Paul Jenkins, American (1923 - 2012) Title: Earth Day Year: 1971 Medium: Lithograph on Mourlot watermarked Wove Paper, signed in the plate Size: 29 in. x 21.5 in. (73.66 cm x...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Phenomena by Return
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Paul Jenkins. "Phenomena By Return" is an abstract, acrylic on canvas painting executed in a bright palette primarily of reds, teals, blues and yellow by Post War artis...
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1960s Post-War Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Untitled
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Paul Jenkins. "Untitled" is an abstract, watercolor and ink on paper executed in a lush primarily palette with black ink printed images in the foreground by contemporar...
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1970s Contemporary Paul Jenkins Art

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor

Paul Jenkins - Composition - Original Lithograph
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Paul Jenkins - Composition - Original Lithograph 1964 Dimensions: 30 x 20 cm Edition of 200 (one of the 200 on Vélin de Rives) Mourlot Press, 1964 Paul Jenkins, American (1923 - 201...
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1960s Modern Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Abstract Lithograph, 1967 by Paul Jenkins
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
This lithograph was created by Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins. Employing an unorthodox approach to paint application, Jenkins is as much identified with the process of controll...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

MIT International Theater - Original lithograph - Mourlot
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Paris, FR
Paul JENKINS MIT International Theater Original lithograph Printed signature in the plate Printed in Mourlot workshop c. 1980 Rare proof on Arches vellum 76 x 54 cm (c. 30 x 21 in)...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Five Invocations II, Lithograph by Paul Jenkins
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Paul Jenkins, American (1923 - 2012) Title: Five Invocations II Year: 1997 Medium: Lithograph on BFK Rives, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: EA XIX/XXV Paper Size: 21.5...
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1990s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

"Composition," an Original Color Lithograph by Paul Jenkins
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Composition" is an abstract lithograph in purple, red, and yellow by Paul Jenkins. 10" x 7 1/2" art 20 1/2" x 18" framed Paul Jenkins was a monumental figure of American Abstract...
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1960s Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Celestial Wink
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Paul Jenkins Celestial Wink c. 1970 Watercolor 14 5/8 x 22 1/2 in. Signed ABOUT THE WORK This work has all the elements of a great Jenkins watercolor. It has...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor

PHENOMENA GRID THREE
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Aventura, FL
Original watercolor on paper. Hand signed on front; signed, titled and dated on verso by the artist. Additional images are available upon request. Certificate of Authenticity is inc...
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1970s Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor, Paper

PASAGE
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Aventura, FL
Original watercolor on paper. Hand signed on front by the artist. Additional images are available upon request. Certificate of Authenticity is included. Please do not hesitate to as...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Paper, Watercolor

Untitled
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Created in 1971 as an original lithograph in colors, Paul Jenkins', Untitled, is a unique trial proof, hand-signed, dated, and annotated "trial proof" by the artist in pencil. The ar...
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20th Century Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Phenomena White Front Center
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
1990 Watercolor on paper 8 x 12 in. (20.3 x 30.5 cm) Signed in ink, lower right
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1990s Color-Field Paul Jenkins Art

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Paper, Watercolor

Phenomena Magic Antler
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
1973 Watercolor on paper 22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.2 cm) Signed in ink, lower center
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1970s Color-Field Paul Jenkins Art

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Paper, Watercolor

Phenomena Welcome Guest
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
1973 Watercolor on paper 30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.9 cm) Signed in ink, lower right
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1970s Color-Field Paul Jenkins Art

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Paper, Watercolor

Phenomeana parcinal imperative
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Watercolor and air brush - Signed on the lower right and on the verso - Jenkins wrote the title, date and again signed it - On a 4-ply hand-made paper.
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20th Century Contemporary Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor

Phenomena Wing Cut
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Signed Unique
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20th Century Contemporary Paul Jenkins Art

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Other Medium

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