Paul Jenkins (William Paul Jenkins) was an American artist, famous for his abstract expressionist style of painting. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri in 1923 Jenkins spent his youth working in a ceramics factory. He took several courses at the Kansas City Art Institute where his passion for art began.
In 1953 Jenkins traveled to Europe, exploring Italy and Spain before settling in France. He spent the following years alternating between the hustle and bustle of New York and the cultured streets of Paris. It was at Jean Dubuffet’s exhibition “Terres Radieuses”, held at the La Hune, that Jenkins first met Jean Philippe Dubuffet, the famous French painter and sculptor.
Over his lifetime Jenkins saw his work displayed at over 190 selected solo exhibitions which took place in galleries all across the globe, from Dallas to Paris, Tokyo to Zurich.
Paul Jenkin’s work can be found displayed in various public collections across the United States and Europe, these include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the National Gallery, Washington, DC; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; along with countless other public and private exhibitions.
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