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Paul Jenkins Art

American, 1923-2012
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
Phenomena Bending Wind Reed - Original Oil and Acrylic by P. Jenkins - 1978
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Roma, IT
Phenomena Bending Wind Reed is an original oil on canvas painting realized by the American artist Paul Jenkins in 1978. The piece is hand signed in the lower center, titled and date...
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1970s Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Oil, Acrylic

Phenomena Tong Grimace by Paul Jenkins - Abstract Expressionist painting, 1964
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
Phenomena Tong Grimace by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) Acrylic on canvas 76 x 100 cm (29 ⁷/₈ x 39 ³/₈ inches) Signed lower right, Paul Jenkins Signed and titled twice on the reverse Exec...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Phenomenon High Vortex
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Paul Jenkins. "Phenomenon High Vortex" is an abstract expressionist painting, acrylic on canvas in a bright, multi-colored palette by Post-War artist Paul Jenkins. It i...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

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

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

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

Untitled, hand-signed limited edition print
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Paul Jenkins, (American, 1923-2012) Untitled, Seeing Voice Welsh Heart, 1965 Hand-signed in pencil Lithograph 14 3/4" X 10" 40/265
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

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

"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

Phenomena Quoth by Paul Jenkins - Abstract Expressionist painting, 1963-64
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
Phenomena Quoth by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) Acrylic on canvas 76 x 100 cm (29 ⁷/₈ x 39 ³/₈ inches) Signed lower center, Paul Jenkins Signed, titled and dated on the reverse Executed ...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

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

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

Stripes
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
In this watercolor work, Paul Jenkins expertly uses watercolor to create a diagonal trail down the length of the paper. The intermixing of the colors creates random variations and in...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Watercolor

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 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

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

Phenomena High Born
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
Phenomena High Born by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) Acrylic on canvas 91.44 x 50.8 cm (36 x 20 inches) Signed lower left Jenkins Signed, dated and titled on the reverse Executed in 1964 ...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Phenomena Prism Shadow, PAUL JENKINS - Acrylic, Abstract, Contemporary
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
Phenomena Prism Shadow by PAUL JENKINS (1923-2012) 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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1980s Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Acrylic

York Summer Solstice Continental Divide
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Paul Jenkins, (American, 1923-2012) York Summer Solstice Continental Divide, 1981 Hand-signed Lithograph 96.52 x 74.93 cm. (38 x 29.5 in.) 146/150
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1980s Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Untitled, hand-signed limited edition print
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Paul Jenkins, (American, 1923-2012) Untitled, Seeing Voice Welsh Heart, 1965 Hand-signed in pencil Lithograph 14 3/4" X 10" 40/265
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

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

Tibetan Ladder, Hand-signed limited edition print
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Paul Jenkins Tibetan Ladder, 1980 Hand-Signed Lithograph in colors on wove paper 41-1/2 x 29-1/2 inches (105.4 x 74.9 cm) (sheet)
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1980s Abstract Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Phenomena Prism Mirror
By Paul Jenkins
Located in London, GB
Phenomena Prism Mirror by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) Acrylic on canvas 147.3 x 104 cm (58 x 41 inches) Signed lower left Paul Jenkins Signed, titled and dated on reverse Executed in 1...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

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

Untitled (Abstract Composition), Hand-signed limited edition lithograph
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Paul Jenkins, (American, 1923-2012) Untitled (Abstract Composition), 1981 Hand-signed Lithograph Sheet: 37 3/4 x 29 1/4in 144/150
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1980s Abstract 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

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

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

Phenomena Celtic Fire Torc
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

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

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

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 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

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 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: 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, hand-signed limited edition print
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Paul Jenkins, (American, 1923-2012) Untitled, Seeing Voice Welsh Heart, 1965 Hand-signed in penci Lithograph 14 3/4" X 10" 40/265
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Lithograph

Untitled, hand-signed limited edition print
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Paul Jenkins, (American, 1923-2012) Untitled, Seeing Voice Welsh Heart, 1965 Hand-signed in pencil Lithograph 14 3/4" X 10" 40/265
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1960s 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

Untitled, hand-signed limited edition print
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Paul Jenkins, (American, 1923-2012) Untitled, Seeing Voice Welsh Heart, 1965 Hand-signed in penci Lithograph 14 3/4" X 10" 40/265
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1960s 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 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

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

"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

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

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

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

Untitled, 1974
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Created in 1974, Untitled is an acrylic on canvas hand-signed by Paul Jenkins (Kansas City 1923 – New York 2012) in paint in the lower left. This is a unique and original work. Paul...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

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

Phenomena Entrance to Peking
By Paul Jenkins
Located in New York, NY
Paul Jenkins Phenomena Entrance to Peking, 1989 acrylic on canvas 50.75h x 38w in
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1980s Post-War Paul Jenkins Art

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Acrylic

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

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