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Paul Jenkins Art

Paul Jenkins (USA, 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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Small-scale Abstract Expressionist painting by Paul Jenkins titled Horizon Line
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
Horizon Line by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) Oil on canvas 32.5 x 24 cm (12 ³/₄ x 9 ¹/₂ inches) Signed Paul Jenkins, titled and dated Paris 1984 on the reverse Provenance Private colle...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Oil

"Phenomena for Druid," Paul Jenkins, Abstract Expressionist, Color Field, Paris
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Paul Jenkins (1923 - 2012) Phenomena for Druid, Paris, 1961 Watercolor on Arches paper 22 1/4 x 30 1/2 inches Signed, dated, and titled on the reverse Accompanied by a certificate ...
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1960s Color-Field Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor, Paper

Untitled
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A watercolor by Paul Jenkins. This "Untitled" abstract watercolor painting features bright hues of blue, yellow, and purple on a white background with a black streak. Jenkins develop...
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20th Century Post-War Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor

Flame
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) was a major American abstract painter who first established his reputation in post-war France. Along with artists such as Sam Francis and Jack Youngerman...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Paper, Watercolor

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

Untitled
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Paul Jenkins. This Untitled, abstract, acrylic on canvas is executed in a lush and bright palette primarily of blues, reds, yellows and violets by Abstract Expressionis...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

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

PAUL JENKINS Large Original Watercolor Painting Signed Phenomena Abstract Art
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Bloomington, MN
Artist: Paul Jenkins Title: "Phenomena Light Beacon Original" Medium: Original Watercolor Painting Year: 1979 Approx. Size: 42" x 30" Approx. Framed Size: 50" x 38" Paul Jenkins has...
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1970s Contemporary Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor

Phenomena Big Sur Plumb Line
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Greenwich, CT
Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins(1923-2012) has gained international acclaim in the post WWII art markets for his unique and easily recognizable colors’ mastery. Through his...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor

Phenomena: Continental Shelf-Poster, New York Graphic Society
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Clinton Twp, MI
"Phenomena: Continental Shelf"-Poster featuring artwork by Paul Jenkins. Distributed by New York Graphic Society Ltd. Printed in Italy, dated 1981. The piece is in Good/Fair Conditio...
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1980s Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Phenomena Forcing A Passage At The Mark-Poster, New York Graphic Society
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Clinton Twp, MI
"Phenomena Forcing A Passage At The Mark" Poster featuring artwork by Paul Jenkins. Printed in Italy. Distributed by New York Graphic Society Ltd. dated 1981. The piece is in Good Co...
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1980s Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Paul Jenkins Large Original Phenomena Monotype Signed Modern Abstract Painting
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Bloomington, MN
Paul Jenkins 73" x 38" Authentic & Original Monotype, Professionally Custom Framed and listed with the Submit Best Offer option Accepting Offers Now: The item up for sale is a spec...
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1990s Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Monotype

Paul Jenkins Original Oil Painting On Canvas Collage Signed Fashion Acrylic Art
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Bloomington, MN
Paul Jenkins Authentic and Original Oil Painting, elaborately Custom Framed and listed with SUBMIT BEST OFFER Option Accepting Offers Now: The item up for sale is a very rare and Au...
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1990s Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Oil

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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Late 20th Century Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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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 s...
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Oil

"Paul Jenkins 1989-1992 Trial Proof" Abstract Expressionist Work on Paper Signed
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
"Paul Jenkins 1989-1992 Trial Proof" Abstract expressionism Work on Paper. This piece comes unframed on acid-free paper. Paul Jenkins, was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1923. He w...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Rag Paper, Archival Pigment

Phenomenon Jade Pass, Abstract Expressionist Gouache on paper
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Paul Jenkins was an abstract expressionist painter, working on canvas, watercolor on paper, graphics and collage. Paul Jenkins, (American, 1923-2012) Phenomenon Jade Pass, 1975 Sig...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor, Gouache

Phenomena Winter Harth
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
Oil and sand on canvas 66 x 122 cm (26 x 48 inches) Signed, titled and dated on verso, Paul Jenkins “Phenomena Winter Harth” 1978
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20th Century Contemporary Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Oil

Phenomena Certain High Place
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Boca Raton, FL
19 x 30 in. framed An important figure in the New York School, Paul Jenkins contributed to the development of abstract expressionism in New York and abroad with his intuitive, chan...
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20th Century Contemporary Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor, Archival Paper

Phenomena Franklin's Kite, Lithograph by Paul Jenkins
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Paul Jenkins, American (1923 - 2012) Title: Phenomena Franklin's Kite Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph on Japon, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: L/L Paper Size: 26.5 x 1...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Phenomena As Above So Below
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Boca Raton, FL
30 x 19 inches framed An important figure in the New York School, Paul Jenkins contributed to the development of abstract expressionism in New York and abroad with his intuitive, cha...
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20th Century Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor, Archival Paper

"Phenomena Cross Beam Light" by PAUL JENKINS - Abstract, Contemporary, Acrylic
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
Phenomena Cross Beam Light by PAUL JENKINS (1923-2012) Acrylic on canvas 165.1 x 96.52 cm (65 x 38 inches) Signed Paul Jenkins, lower left Signed, dated 1979 and titled on the stret...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Acrylic

Paul Jenkins-Phenomena Gold Coast-21.5" x 32"-Offset Lithograph-1975-Abstract
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paul Jenkins-Phenomena Gold Coast-21.5" x 32"-Offset Lithograph-1975-Abstract
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20th Century Paul Jenkins Art

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Offset

Paul Jenkins-Phenomena Vermillion Baraka-21.5" x 32"-Offset Lithograph-1980
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paul Jenkins-Phenomena Vermillion Baraka-21.5" x 32"-Offset Lithograph-1980-Abstract
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20th Century Paul Jenkins Art

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Offset

PAUL JENKINS Original Acrylic Painting On Canvas Signed Large Landscape Oil Art
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Bloomington, MN
Paul Jenkins Authentic and Large Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas, Professionally Custom Framed and listed with the Submit Best Offer option Accepting Offers Now: The item up fo...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Paul Jenkins-Phenomena Durango Wedge-23" x 39"-Poster-1985-Multicolor
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Poster created by Jenkins to advertise the 1985 American Music Theater Festival.
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20th Century Paul Jenkins Art

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Offset

Paul Jenkins-Phenomena Sur Le Drapeau-37.5" x 24"-Offset Lithograph-1980
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paul Jenkins-Phenomena Sur Le Drapeau-37.5" x 24"-Offset Lithograph-1980-Abstract
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20th Century Paul Jenkins Art

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Offset

"Seeing Voice: Welsh Heart, 1965"-Suite containing Lithographs and Poetry
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Clinton Twp, MI
"Seeing Voice: Welsh Heart, 1965" is a collection of six, signed lithographs by Paul Jenkins (American, 1923-2012) and poetry & text by Cyril Hodges. The Lithographs are printed with...
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1960s Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Paul Jenkins-Beckett Festival-24" x 37"-Offset Lithograph-1978-Pop Art
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paul Jenkins-Beckett Festival-24" x 37"-Offset Lithograph-1978-Pop Art
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20th Century Paul Jenkins Art

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Offset

Phenomena: Katherine Wheel
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Signed, dated, and numbered Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from the printer Triton Press
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Frame dimensions: 37.5 x 48.5 in. Signed and numbered in pencil
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Phenomena White of the Tiger by PAUL JENKINS - Abstract Expressionist, colour
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
Phenomena White of the Tiger by PAUL JENKINS (1923-2012) Acrylic on canvas 97 x 130 cm (38 ¹/₄ x 51 ¹/₈ inches) Signed lower left, Paul Jenkins Titled and dated 1987 on the reverse ...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Acrylic

Phenomena Prism Shadow, PAUL JENKINS - Acrylic, Abstract, Contemporary
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
PAUL JENKINS (1923-2012) Phenomena Prism Shadow Acrylic on canvas 99 x 99 cm (39 x 39 inches) Signed lower left, Paul Jenkins Signed, titled and dated on the reverse Executed in 1...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Acrylic

Large Colorful Abstract Silkscreen by Paul Jenkins 1969
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Paul Jenkins, American (1923 - 2012) Year: 1969 Medium: Silkscreen, signed, numbered and dated in pencil Edition: AP Size: 63.5 x 43.5 in. (161.29 x 110.49 cm) Frame Size: 64...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Screen

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: 1987 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 60 Size: 41 in. x 30 in. (104.14 cm x 76.2 cm)
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1980s Abstract Expressionist 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

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

Euphories de la Couleur, Lithograph by Paul Jenkins, Andre Verdet Poems
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Paul Jenkins, American (1923 - 2012) Title: Euphories de la Couleur Year: 1988 Medium: Illuminated Lithograph of Andre Verdet Poems, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 57...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Euphories de la Couleur, Lithograph by Paul Jenkins, Andre Verdet Poems
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Paul Jenkins, American (1923 - 2012) Title: Euphories de la Couleur Year: 1988 Medium: Illuminated Lithograph of Andre Verdet Poems, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 57...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Euphories de la Couleur, Lithograph by Paul Jenkins, Andre Verdet Poems
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Paul Jenkins, American (1923 - 2012) Title: Euphories de la Couleur Year: 1988 Medium: Illuminated Lithograph of Andre Verdet Poems, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 57...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Euphories de la Couleur, Lithograph by Paul Jenkins, Andre Verdet Poems
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Paul Jenkins, American (1923 - 2012) Title: Euphories de la Couleur Year: 1988 Medium: Illuminated Lithograph of Andre Verdet Poems, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 57...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Euphories de la Couleur, Lithograph by Paul Jenkins, Andre Verdet Poems
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Paul Jenkins, American (1923 - 2012) Title: Euphories de la Couleur Year: 1988 Medium: Illuminated Lithograph of Andre Verdet Poems, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 57...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

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

PHENOMENA CROSS WIND ALTERNATE
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed, titled and dated on verso by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offers wi...
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1980s Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

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 WIND RELIANCE
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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Late 20th Century Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor, Paper

PHENOMENA GIVEN MERIDIAN
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

PHENOMENA OCCULLATION BY LUNA
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

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

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

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

"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

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