Born in 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri, Jenkins later moved to Youngstown, Ohio. Drawn to New York, he became a student of Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Students League and ultimately became associated with the Abstract Expressionists inspired in part by Jackson Pollock and Mark Tobey. An ongoing interest in Eastern religions and philosophy, the study of the I Ching, along with the writings of Carl Gustav Jung, prompted Jenkins’ to turn towards inward reflection and mysticism, which dominated his aesthetic as well as his life. The paintings of Paul Jenkins have come to represent the spirit, vitality and invention of post World War II American abstraction. Employing an unorthodox approach to paint application, Jenkins is as much identified with the process of controlled paint-pouring and canvas manipulation of color, which have characterized his work.
Paul Jenkins passed away in 2012 in New York, NY.