American born abstract expressionist, Paul Jenkins' exhibition of paintings from the 1960s and 70s will be on display from 7th June - 28th July 2011 at the Redfern Gallery, London W1.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1923, Jenkins moved to New York in 1948 where he studied for four years at the Art Students League with Yasuo Kuniyoshi. He became associated with the Abstract Expressionists; friends and co-artists included Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Robert Motherwell. He arrived in Paris in 1953 where he had his first solo exhibition in 1954 at Studio Paul Facchetti. In New York, his first solo exhibition was in 1956 with the Martha Jackson Gallery. His work has been shown in the UK since 1956, and his first solo exhibition in London took place in 1960. He currently lives in New York.
Jenkins' paintings have come to represent the spirit, vitality, and invention of post World War II American abstraction. Employing an unorthodox approach to paint application, Jenkins' fame is as much identified with the process of controlled paint-pouring and canvas manipulation as with the gem-like veils of transparent and translucent colour which have characterized his work since the late 1950s.
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