Paul Jenkins

- Selected Works
- Biography

( Kansas City, 1923 – 2012 )

He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1940 he met Frank Lloyd Wright who was commissioned by the artist’s great-uncle, the Rev. Burris Jenkins, to rebuild his church destroyed by a fire. At the same time, the young Jenkins visited Thomas Hart Benton to discuss about his intention to become a painter. In 1944 he entered the U.S. Naval Air Corps. In 1948, he moved to New York City where, on the G.I. Bill, he studied at the Art Students League of New York with Yasuo Kuniyoshi (four years) and with Morris Kantor. During that time, he met Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman. In 1953, he traveled to Europe, working for three months in Taormina, Sicily before settling in Paris. From 1955 on, the artist has shared his time between New York and Paris.

In 1955 he presents his first solo exhibition in U.S. at the Zoe Dusanne Gallery in Seattle. The year after he leads a solo exhibition in New York at the Martha Jackson Gallery, an outstanding gallery at the time. In the ’50s, Jenkins achieved a great renown both in New York and Europe for his expressionist abstractions.

His work is characterized not only by the use of lively colors but also by a philosophical and mystical exploration.

More informations can be found on the artist’s website: www.pauljenkins.net

- Exhibitions
  • 2016

    Paul Jenkins: Chapel Of Meditation - UB Art Galleries - University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

  • 2015

    Paul Jenkins - David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
    Paul Jenkins. a tribute: paintings 2004-2010 - The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
    Paul Jenkins — Watercolors From Five Decades (1950S – 1990S) - Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA

  • 2014

    Paul Jenkins - Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, NY
    Paul Jenkins - On Canvass and Paper 1989 - 2009 - Redfern Gallery, London

  • 2012


    Hommage à Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) - Musée du Touquet, Le Touquet
    Paul Jenkins - Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA

  • 2011


    The Redfern Gallery, London.



  • 2010

    Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento.
    Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley.

    Palazzo Pacchiani, Prato.

    Galleria Open Art, Prato.

    UB Anderson Gallery, State University of New York 
at Buffalo.


    Galleria Civica Ezio Mariani di Seregno.

  • 2009

    D. Wigmore Fine Art, New York.

    Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville.

    Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, New York location.

    Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, California.

  • 2008


    Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, California.



  • 2007


    Galleria Open Art, Cornice Art Fair, Venice.
Redfern Gallery, London.

    D. Wigmore Fine Art, New York.

  • 2006

    Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, California.
    Maison des Princes de Pérouges. Pérouges.

    Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock.



  • 2005


    Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille.  

    Redfern Gallery, London.

    Galleria Open Art, Prato. 

    Abbaye de Silvacane, La Roque d'Anthéron. 

    Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, California.

    Galerie Proarta, Zurich. 



  • 2004

    Museo Civico, Assessorato alla Cultura di Pizzighettone.



  • 2003

    Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte.

    Redfern Gallery, London.

  • 2002

    Chateau Haut-Gléon, Les Corbières.

  • 2001

    Galerie Proarta, Zurich.

    Centre d'Art Contemporain, Bouvet Ladubay, Saumur.

  • 2000

    Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown.

    Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza.

    Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York.

    Vero Beach Mueum of Art, Vero Beach, Florida (collage retrospective).

    Agama Gallery, New York.

  • 1999

    Galerie Wild, Frankfurt.

    Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris.

    Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, New York.

    Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York.

  • 1998

    Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York.

  • 1997

    Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown.

    Galerie Georges Fall, Paris.

    Galerie Proarta, Zurich.

  • 1996

    Lorenzelli Arte, Milan.

  • 1995

    Artcurial, Paris (graphics).

    Centre d'art contemporain, Bouvet Ladubay, Saumur.

    Galerie Proarta, Zurich.

    Chateau Musée Grimaldi, Cagnes sur mer.

    Associated American Artists, New York.

  • 1994

    Gallery Art Point, Tokyo.

    Pasquale Iannetti Gallery, San Francisco.

    L'Eau et la Couleur, traveling watercolor exhibition in France.

    La Maison Française, New York University, New York (collages: Hommage à Jean-Louis Barrault).

  • 1993

    Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto.

    Yoshii Gallery, Paris (collages).

    Associated American Artists, New York (collages).

  • 1992

    Roswitha Haftmann Gallery, Zurich.

    Atelier Franck Bordas, Basel Art Fair and Paris.

    Guy Pieters Gallery, Knokke-le-Zoute.

    Associated American Artists, New York.

    Galerie Iris Wazzau, Davos, Switzerland.

  • 1991

    Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York (polyptychs I).

    Gimpel Fils, London (polyptychs II).

  • 1990

    Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris.

    Castello Doria, Portovenere.

    Gallery Art Point, Tokyo.

  • 1989

    Musées de Nice: Galerie des Ponchettes et
Galerie d'Art Contemporain, Nice.

  • 1988

    Samuel Stein Gallery, Chicago.

    Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris.

    Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York (collages).

    Galerie Régis Dorval, Le Touquet.

    Gana Gallery, Seoul.

    Galleria La Loggia, Bologna.

  • 1987

    Galerie 63, Klosters.

    Samuel Stein Gallery, Chicago.

    Musée Picasso, Antibes (retrospective).

    Galerie Régis Dorval, Lille.

    Galleri Atrium, Stockholm.

  • 1986

    Gimpel Fils, London.

    MR Galleria d'Arte Contemporaneo, Rome.

    Galerie Michel Delorme, Paris.

    Roswitha Haftmann, Zurich.

    Gallery Art Point, Tokyo.

    Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown (collages).

    Focus Gallery, Lausanne.

    Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Santa Fe and Scottsdale.

    Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York.

  • 1985

    Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York.

    Gallery Moos, Toronto.

    Galerie Georges Fall, Paris.

    Gallery Art Atrium, Stockholm.

    FIAC, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, Paris.

  • 1984

    Carone Gallery, Fort Lauderdale.

    Musée d'Art Contemporain, Dunkirk (collages).

  • 1983

    Mead Art Museum, Amherst.

    Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York.

    Galerie Georges Fall, Paris.

    Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York (collages).

    Contemporary Gallery, Dallas.

  • 1982

    Nicoline Pon Gallery, Zurich.

    Gimpel Fils, London.

    I. Irving Feldman Galleries, Detroit.

    Galerie Georges Fall, Paris.

    Contemporary Gallery, Dallas.

  • 1981

    Belk Art Gallery, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee.

    Carone Gallery, Fort Lauderdale.

    Samuel Stein Gallery, Chicago.

    French Cultural Services, New York, and la Maison International du Théâtre, Théâtre du Rond-Point, Paris (collages: Hommage à Jean-Louis Barrault).

    Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York.

    I. Irving Feldman Galleries, Sarasota.

  • 1980

    Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California (retrospective). 

    Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Scottsdale.

    Gimpel Fils, London.

    Contemporary Gallery, Dallas.

    Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris.

  • 1979

    Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York.

    Baukunst Galerie, Cologne.

    Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Scottsdale.

  • 1978

    Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York.

    Samuel Stein Gallery, Chicago.

    Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Santa Fe.

    Balcon des Arts, Paris.

    Diane Gilson Gallery, Seattle.

    Galleria d'Arte Narciso, Turin.

  • 1977

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.

    Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, Zurich.

    La Galerie Cours Saint-Pierre, Geneva.

    Sears Bank & Trust Company, Chicago.

    Contemporary Gallery, Dallas.

    Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa.

    Diane Gilson Gallery, Seattle.

  • 1976


    Samuel Stein Gallery, Chicago.

    Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris and Basel Art Fair, Basel.

    Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York.

  • 1975

    Galerie Tanit, Munich.

    Carone Gallery, Fort Lauderdale.



  • 1974

    Musée des Beaux-Arts de Charleroi, Charleroi (retrospective).

    Baukunst Galerie, Cologne.

    Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York.

    Gimpel Fils, London.

    Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus. 



  • 1973

    Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris.

    Art Gallery of the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame.

    Lindenwood College Art Gallery, St. Charles, Missouri.

    Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City.

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.

    Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York.



  • 1972

    San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco (retrospective).

    Gimpel Fils, London.

    Abrams Original Editions, New York.

    Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Initiates watercolor exhibition traveling to the Amarillo Art Center, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Lauren Rodgers Memorial Library and Art Gallery, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Witte Memorial Museum.

  • 1971

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (retrospective). 

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.

    Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago.

  • 1970

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.

    Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit.

  • 1969

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.



  • 1968

    Galerie Daniel Gervis, Paris.

    Gallery Moos, Toronto.

    Galerie Räber, Lucerne.

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.

  • 1966

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.

    Galerie Agnès LeFort, Montreal.

    Hope Makler Gallery, Philadelphia.

    Arthur Tooth & Sons, London.

  • 1965

    Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris.

    Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit.

    Court Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Gallery of Modern Art, Scottsdale.

  • 1964

    Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo.

    American Art Gallery, Copenhagen.

    Kumar Gallery, New Delhi.

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.

    Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover (retrospective).

  • 1963

    Arthur Tooth & Sons, London.

    Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris.

    Gallery Moos, Toronto.

  • 1962

    Galerie Lienhard, Zurich.

    Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris.

    Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles.

    Toninelli Arte Moderna, Milan.

    Galleria Odyssia, Rome.

    Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne.

  • 1961

    Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris.

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.

    University Gallery, University of Minnesota.

  • 1960

    Arthur Tooth & Sons, London.

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.

    Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles.

    Galerie d'Art Moderne, Stuttgart.

  • 1959

    Galerie Stadler, Paris.

  • 1958

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.

  • 1957

    Galerie Stadler, Paris.



  • 1956

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.

  • 1955

    Zoe Dusanne Gallery, Seattle.

  • 1954

    Studio Paul Facchetti, Paris.

    Zimmergalerie Franck, Frankfort am Main.

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