Friday, July 8, 2016

Final Weekend of Abstract Expressionism Exhibit


Paul Jenkins (American, 1923 - 2012)
Phenomena Prayer Rug, 1974
acrylic on canvas, 30 1/4 x 43 7/8 in.
          “Abstractions are extractions from nature. Concentrates of nature.”
                                     ▪ Paul Jenkins, monograph, 1985.Anatomy of a Cloud, 

 

Phenomena Prayer Rug, 1974, is featured in the exhibition, The New York School: 
Abstract Expressionism, at Cavalier Galleries in Greenwich, CT open through July 10th.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1923, Jenkins became drawn to New York and the 
opportunities available for upcoming artists. He was a student of Yasuo Kuniyoshi 
at the Art Students League. Inspired by the eccentric paint application of Jackson 
Pollock, Jenkins himself became a leading Abstract Expressionist with his norm-
defying approach to paint.

By observing his works, it is evident that Paul Jenkins’s artistic mission remained 
the same despite his experimentation with different mediums. Jenkins’s “singular
use of color and flow” was a steady technique throughout his career. His works 
have gained widespread recognition with their sporadically-flowing, vibrant fields 
of color. Each of his works display a unique and calculated universe showing the 
natural forces at work. Unlike Pollock’s unconsciously-made splotches of paint unto 
canvas, Jenkins’s works require the careful manipulation of paint by controlling the 
flow as it is poured unto the canvas.

This emphasis on timing was inspired by his experience in high school working 
at a ceramics factory. His work parallels the experience of a ceramist controlling 
the timing of firing his work in the kiln with Jenkin’s experience manipulating the 
paint through the natural force of gravity.

He transitioned from oil paints and enamel in the 1950s to acrylic paints in 
the 1960s. 
This new medium allowed Jenkins to manipulate his canvas more. 
This choice resulted in a more minimalist approach, in addition to more translucency
in his works where the white of the canvas was more apparent to viewers. He began
the titles of his works with Phenomena, leaving them open to broad interpretation. 
Each canvas was grounded in its own world engaging the viewer with his or her own 
memories with no specific reference to nature, yet Jenkins pieces did refer to the
natural world in some way.

His pieces in the 1970s are said to be a culmination of his mastery of the medium 
where he gave himself permission to play with color and flow in order to engage 
the viewer’s imagination.Phenomena Prayer Rug, 1974, is said to “recall elements of
his 1950s works with its all-over composition and turbulent movement. Granular white 
veils now replace chrysochrome to provide accents of light. This painting has an
atmospheric quality with evocations of natural forces of weather and sedimentation.” 
His works abstractly imitate the forces of nature: wind, water, clouds, rocks, and plant 
forms.

Bearing resemblance to Georgia O’ Keefe with their jewel toned fields of color and 
abstract forms, his paintings attain a status all their own. They contain a brand of 
substance and vivacity associated with mysticism and reflection. In fact, Jenkins had 
an ongoing interest in Eastern religions and with philosophers such as Carl Jung, 
and this fascination he infused in his works all his life in order to make the viewer 
contemplate his or her own inner self.

Jenkins work is exhibited in countless renowned American museums such as 
the Museum of Modern ArtWhitney Museum of ArtSmithsonian American Art Museum
The National Gallery of ArtThe Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Cleveland 
Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, BostonMuseum of Contemporary Art; and the 
Butler Institute of American Art.


Image of Paul Jenkins applying painting to his canvases
Please contact the gallery for additional details:
art@cavaliergalleries.com or 203.869.3664

Final Week to view the exhibition in Greenwich, CT
Larry Poons Over the Hills
acrylic on canvas, 66 1/4 x 70 3/4 in. 
Albert Stadler Untitled (121)
acrylic on canvas 62 1/2 x 63 1/4 in. 
Esteban Vicente Sound
oil on canvas, 52 x 42 in. 
Cleve Gray Hermera
oil on canvas 70 x 60 in.