Artist of the moment……Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins was a fantastic American painter that had a wonderful mixture of abstraction and an emphasis on color. Paul Jenkins was born in Kansas City, Missouri in the year 1923.  Whilst still a youngster he happened to meet the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who told him to seek a career in agriculture rather than art. Thankfully Jenkins also met Thomas Hart Benton who encouraged him to seek an artistic career.

price range information: The artist was very prolific. Lithographs can be found in most cases for less than $1,000. Oils range $10,000 to $95,000. Acrylics range $5,000 to $50,000. Watercolors range $1,000 to $10,000.

In place of college Jenkins went to serve his country and was deployed in World War 2. After his service he used the G.I. Bill to gain enrollment at the Art Students League of New York. At the Art Students League he was able to mentor under the guidance of  Yasuo Kuniyoshi, a modernist painter that enjoyed painting the figure. Below is a great example of his style.


Jenkins’ first solo show was in the mid 1950s and was a huge success. One purchaser of his art was the Whitney Museum of Art.

Gained more public attention after some paintings were included in the movie AN UNMARRIED WOMAN.

Jenkins passed away in 2012 at the age of 88 years old.

A brief montage of works by Paul Jenkins.

Below we visit a gallery show featuring Paul Jenkins.


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