Paul Jenkins - Phenomena Cardinal Winds, 1982 (detail)

Paul Jenkins /   William Paul Jenkins

United States 1923 - 2012

Drip Painting, Abstract Expressionism

Paul Jenkins
William Paul Jenkins
United States
July 26, 2015

Paul Jenkins was a prolific American abstract artist, known for his unusual chance-based, paint-pouring and fate-tempting technique of painting. He is considered as one of the most important figures of New York’s Abstract Expressionism, alongside Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

“I try to paint like a crapshooter throwing dice, utilizing past experience and my knowledge of the odds. It’s a big gamble, and that’s why I love it” – Paul Jenkins

Childhood and Early Years

Paul Jenkins was born in 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri. As a teenager, he moved to Youngstown, Ohio. As a boy, Jenkins met both Thomas Hart Benton, an American regionalist painter, and Frank Lloyd Wright, a distinguished architect. A fire that occurred in a city where his great uncle was pastor destroyed a local church, and Frank Lloyd Wright was in charge of building a new one. Accordingly, the young Jenkins met Lloyd Wright, who recommended him to drop art and take up farming. Ironically, many years later Jenkins’ art was exhibited in one of the most famous buildings that Wright designed, the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Jenkins’ talent for art developed through his various interests in visual arts, as well in the theater. Jenkins earned a fellowship to the Cleveland Playhouse, and later he went to the Drama School of the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. From 1938 to 1941, Jenkins served an apprenticeship in a ceramics factory at Kansas City Art Institute. He spent weekends there, watching the skillful handling of clay by the masters’ hands. Paul was impressed by how they guided shapes and forms with ease, and this observation later had a profound effect on his ideas about the approach to canvas and painting.

Paul Jenkins - Divining Rod, 1956, Paul Jenkins - East Hoof, 1959, abstract, early works, painting
Left: Paul Jenkins – Divining Rod, 1956 / Right: Paul Jenkins – East Hoof, 1959

Abstract Expressionism: Between New York and Paris

In the following years, Paul Jenkins served in the United States Maritime Service and the US Naval Corps. After his return, he moved to New York in 1948, joining a wave of aspiring painters moving to the Big Apple. Determined to become an artist, Jenkins enrolled into the Art Students League, where he studied under the mentorship of Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Morris Kantor. During the course of his studying, Paul was drawn to several artists, including Jackson Pollock’s captivating dynamics and the metaphysical approach of Mark Tobey. He became associated with the Abstract Expressionists as he met Pollock himself, and befriended artists such as Jean Dubuffet, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning.

In a search of different perspectives and influences, Jenkins traveled to Sicily, then Spain, and later to France, which in time became a second home for the rest of his life. Although he resettled in Paris in 1953, Paul’s lifelong connection with New York never quite faded.

Paul Jenkins - Phenomena Sun Over The Hourglass, 1966, abstract expressionism painting
Paul Jenkins – Phenomena Sun Over The Hourglass, 1966

Personal Life: Anatomy of a Cloud Monograph

In 1977, Paul Jenkins met the photographer, art historian and future wife Suzanne Donnelly. At that time, she was working on an archive material that later became their joint book titled Anatomy of a Cloud. Extensive and highly detailed, the book consisted of 24 tomes and was published in 1983 by Harry N Abrams.

At a peak of his career in the 1970s and 1980s, Jenkins lived a rather glamorous life between his homes in Paris and New York. His works graced a high-fashioned Pierre Cardin boutique in Paris. At one time, the first lady of France Danielle Mitterrand visited his Parisian studio, and Paul decided to throw a party for her, with guests like Paloma Picasso, Robert Motherwell, and Berenice Abbott.

Paul Jenkins - Phenomena Zodiac, 1978, abstract painting
Paul Jenkins – Phenomena Zodiac, 1978

Paul Jenkins was very interested in Eastern religions and Jungian philosophy. He was especially drawn to the I Chang, an ancient divination text and the oldest of the Chinese classics, and to the writings of Carl Gustav Jung. These writings had a great influence on aesthetics and artistic approach of Jenkins, highlighted with the artist’s step towards self-reflection and psychoanalysis in his later years. He was also interested in astrology and mysticism – his Upper East Side house was filled with prisms, oriental objects, stones, rocks and found objects that to him were irresistible. His other homes included the one in Paris, and also in St. Paul de Vence, near Nice. The St. Paul de Vence home was actually an industrial building which the artist converted into a studio.

Style of Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins’ work is for the technique and location closely associated with New York’s abstract expressionism, although it resembles more closely to Morris Louis’ and Helen Frankenthaler’s visual style. During his stays in France, Jenkins got familiar with the works of Odilon Redon, a 19th-century French symbolist painter. Paul was primarily impressed by Redon’s wildly colored and frenetic backgrounds that seem abstract for the context. As for him, Paul used to describe himself as an “abstract phenomenist”. In 1959, the artist began to entitle all of his artworks with a preface word Phenomena, followed by a key phrase or word that would not allude to any visual form.

“I try to find the identity word that will secure an attitude towards the painting rather than provoke a visual object that the eye will seek out” – Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins’ paintings are filled with energy, dynamics, and life. Like some force of nature, they light up a space they complement, giving it a special atmosphere and motion. Colors are vivid and playful, vague or unmixed, creating a multi-layered impression of a canvas. Ranging from indigo and aquamarine to bright yellow and orange, with bursts of dark blue and deep green, colors capture the swift disappearance of changing light.

Paul Jenkins working on a canvas in Paris, photo by Shunk-Kender, 1963, abstract, studio, technique
Paul Jenkins working on a canvas in Paris, photo by Shunk-Kender, 1963

Exhibition History

First-ever one-man exhibition of Paul Jenkins’ works was held in Paris in 1954, at the Studio Paul Facchetti. His first US exhibition followed two years later, which took place at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York. Soon, more than eighty-five museums located in more than 10 countries followed their example. Since the 1950s, international exhibitions of Jenkins’ works never stopped and continued throughout all of his career, including several significant major retrospectives at the Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Musée Picasso in Antibes.

The organized major retrospectives gave Jenkins’ more exposure in the 1970s. In the same decade, in 1978, his works appeared in Paul Mazursky’s movie titled An Unmarried Woman. The paintings had a starring role as the works done by the main protagonist of the movie, a Manhattan artist played by the actor Alan Bates.

Paul Jenkins - Phenomena Light Prism Break, 1995
Paul Jenkins – Phenomena Light Prism Break, 1995

Paul Jenkins’s art caught an eye of many collectors throughout the United States and Europe. Nevertheless, the artist had a stronger following in Europe, who with his flowing white hair and beard reminisced of an old-fashioned archetype of the avant-garde artist. The Europeans and especially French art figures loved it.
Jenkins’ abstractions are included in numerous private and museum collections worldwide, such as the Museum of Modern Art – MoMA in New York, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Museum in London, National Museum of American Art, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, among many others.

Paul Jenkins continued to paint until his death in 2012. The artist died at the age of 88 in his Manhattan home, after a short illness.

Featured image: Paul Jenkins – Phenomena Cardinal Winds, 1982 (detail). Acrylic on canvas. 48 x 64 in. 121.9 x 162.6 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Berry Campbell Gallery
All images used for illustrative purposes only

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Paul JenkinsThe Butler Institute of American Art, YoungstownSolo
2015Paul JenkinsRobert Green Fine Arts, Mill ValleySolo
2015AbstractionRobert Miller Gallery, New YorkGroup
2015On the Front Lines - Military Veterans at The Art Students League of New YorkThe Art Students League of New YorkGroup
2015Martha Jackson GraphicsUB Anderson Gallery, BuffaloGroup
2014Paul JenkinsRobert Miller Gallery, New YorkSolo
2014Paul JenkinsMuseo di Pittura Murale, PratoSolo
2014Paul JenkinsRedfern Gallery, LondonSolo
2014Paul JenkinsGalleria Open Art, PratoSolo
2014Gravity's EdgeThe Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.Group
2014Our Postwar Focus 1960s 1970sD. Wigmore Fine Art, New YorkGroup
2014ColorJonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los AngelesGroup
2014American Art - Modern bis PopGalerie Proarta, ZurichGroup
2013The Redfern Gallery at 90Redfern Gallery, LondonGroup
2013Made in the USA — From the Abstract Expressionists to the Color Field PaintersPalm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CaliforniaGroup
2013RedAntoine Helwaser Gallery, New YorkGroup
2012Paul JenkinsRobert Green Fine Arts, Mill ValleySolo
2012Local ColorThe San Jose Museum of Art, CaliforniaGroup
2012Abstract Expressionism: Then and NowFlint Institute of Arts, MichiganGroup
2012Un Art Autre? Artistes autour de Michel Tapié, une ExpositionChristie's, ParisGroup
2011Paul JenkinsThe Redfern Gallery, LondonSolo
2011SelectionsRobert Miller Gallery, New YorkGroup
2011Fragments 1915-2011: Modern and Contemporary CollageACA Galleries, New YorkGroup
2011Colour Moves SurfaceLorenzelli Arte, MilanGroup
2011American Masterworks: 150 Years of American Painting from the Butler Institute of American ArtVero Beach Museum, FloridaGroup
2011Gottfried Honeger and Paul JenkinsCentre d'art Contemporain, Bouvet Ladubay, SaumurGroup
2011The Armory ShowD. Wigmore Fine Art, New York, Pier 92Group
2011Gloria F. Ross: Rebirth of Modern TapestryJane Kahan Gallery, New YorkGroup
2010Paul JenkinsCrocker Art Museum, SacramentoSolo
2010Paul JenkinsRobert Green Fine Arts, Mill ValleySolo
2010Paul JenkinsPalazzo Pacchiani, PratoSolo
2010Paul JenkinsGalleria Open Art, PratoSolo
2010Paul JenkinsUB Anderson Gallery, State University of New York at BuffaloSolo
2010Paul JenkinsGalleria Civica Ezio Mariani di SeregnoSolo
2010Into the Void: Abstract Art, 1948-2008Tucson Museum of ArtGroup
2010Under Each Other's SpellUB Anderson Gallery, State University of New York at BuffaloGroup
2010Modern Drawings: Tracing 100 YearsAcademy Art Museum, EastonGroup
2010Action Painting in the ChryslerChrysler Museum, NorfolkGroup
2010Hidden in Plain Sight: Art Treasures from Regional CollectionsErie Art MuseumGroup
2009Paul JenkinsD. Wigmore Fine Art, New YorkSolo
2009Paul JenkinsCummer Museum of Art & Gardens, JacksonvilleSolo
2009Paul JenkinsArchives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, New YorkSolo
2009Paul JenkinsRobert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CaliforniaSolo
2009Under Each Other's Spell: Gutai and New YorkPollock-Krasner House & Study Center, East HamptonGroup
2009Exploring Black and White: the 1930s through the 1960sD. Wigmore Fine Art, New YorkGroup
2009184th Annual ExhibitionNational Academy Museum, New YorkGroup
2009Juicy PaintSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CaliforniaGroup
2009En mémoire de Rodolphe StadlerLes Abattoirs, ToulouseGroup
2009AcquisitionsGuild Hall Museum, East HamptonGroup
2009Expanding Boundaries - Lyrical AbstractionBoca Raton Museum of Art, Boca RatonGroup
2009Autumn ExhibitionRedfern Gallery, LondonGroup
2008Paul JenkinsRobert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CaliforniaSolo
2008Beyond the Canon: Small Scale American Abstraction, Past and PresentRobert Miller Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008DialogueGalerie Iris Wazzau, DavosGroup
2007Paul JenkinsGalleria Open Art, Cornice Art Fair, VeniceSolo
2007Paul JenkinsRedfern Gallery, LondonSolo
2007Paul JenkinsD. Wigmore Fine Art, New YorkSolo
2007East End Artists, Past and PresentTelfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GeorgiaGroup
2007Freedom to Experiment: American Abstraction 1945-75D. Wigmore Fine Art, New YorkGroup
2007Viva Vetro - Glass Alive - Venice and America, 1950-2006Carnegie Museum of Art, PittsburghGroup
2007Shining Spirit—Westheimer Family CollectionOklahoma City Museum of ArtGroup
2007Les Formes de la CouleurCentre d'Art Contemporain, Bouvet Ladubay, SaumurGroup
2007182nd Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American ArtNational Academy, New YorkGroup
2007London Original Print FairThe Royal Academy of Arts, LondonGroup
2007A Selection of 20th Century and Contemporary Paintings, Works on Paper and SculptureRedfern Gallery, LondonGroup
2006Paul JenkinsRobert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CaliforniaSolo
2006Paul JenkinsMaison des Princes de Pérouges, PérougesSolo
2006Paul JenkinsArkansas Arts Center, Little RockSolo
2006A Century of American ArtD. Wigmore Fine Art, New YorkGroup
2006Art LondonThe Redfern GalleryGroup
2006L'Envolée Lyrique: Paris 1945-1956Musée du Luxembourg, ParisGroup
2006Geometric Abstraction: Two GenerationsD. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc., New YorkGroup
2005Paul JenkinsPalais des Beaux-Arts, LilleSolo
2005Paul JenkinsRedfern Gallery, LondonSolo
2005Paul JenkinsGalleria Open Art, PratoSolo
2005Paul JenkinsAbbaye de Silvacane, La Roque d'AnthéronSolo
2005Paul JenkinsRobert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CaliforniaSolo
2005Paul JenkinsGalerie Proarta, ZurichSolo
2005Beyond Representation - Abstract Art in the SouthThe Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South CarolinaGroup
2005New Acquisitions 2005Portland Museum of Art, Portland, MaineGroup
2004Paul JenkinsMuseo Civico, Assessorato alla Cultura di PizzighettoneSolo
2004Modernism and AbstractionPalm Springs Desert MuseumGroup
2004Selections from the Haskell CollectionJacksonville Museum of Modern Art, JacksonvilleGroup
2004Modern and Contemporary Prints, Part TwoRedfern Gallery, LondonGroup
2003Paul JenkinsJerald Melberg Gallery, CharlotteSolo
2003Paul JenkinsRedfern Gallery, LondonSolo
2003Tradition and Innovation in European Modernist Drawings and WatercolorsSan Diego Museum of Art, San DiegoGroup
2003Trésors du XXe Siècle dans les Collections AngevinesPrésence d'Art Contemporain, AngersGroup
2002Paul JenkinsChateau Haut-Gléon, Les CorbièresSolo
2002Three Decades of Contemporary Art: The Dr. John & Rose M. Shuey CollectionCranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MichiganGroup
2002Kunst des 20 JahrhundertsPinakothek der Moderne, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich Group
2001Paul JenkinsGalerie Proarta, ZurichSolo
2001Paul JenkinsCentre d'Art Contemporain, Bouvet Ladubay, SaumurSolo
2001The Stamp of Impulse: Abstract Expressionist PrintsWorcester Art Museum, WorcesterGroup
2001Clement Greenberg: A Critic's CollectionPortland Museum of ArtGroup
2001Artists after Moby DickHofstra Museum of Art, Hempstead, New YorkGroup
200110 AnsCentre d'art contemporain, Bouvet LadubayGroup
2000Paul JenkinsButler Institute of American Art, YoungstownSolo
2000Paul JenkinsBasilica Palladiana, VicenzaSolo
2000Paul JenkinsJoseph Rickards Gallery, New YorkSolo
2000Paul JenkinsVero Beach Mueum of Art, Vero Beach, FloridaSolo
2000Le Mouvement Phases de 1952 à l'horizon 2001Centre Culturel Noroit, ArrasGroup
1999Paul JenkinsGalerie Patrice Trigano, ParisSolo
1999Paul JenkinsHofstra Museum, Hempstead, New YorkSolo
1999Paul JenkinsJoseph Rickards Gallery, New YorkSolo
1999Vision NouvelleFondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-VenceGroup
1999Suspicion—Art in the CinemaHaifa Museum of ArtGroup
1998Paul JenkinsJoseph Rickards Gallery, New YorkSolo
1998Masters of Color and Light, Homer, Sargent and the American Watercolor MovementBrooklyn Museum of Art, BrooklynGroup
1998Three Americans: Francis Jenkins TobeyGalerie Wazzau, DavosGroup
1998Regard sur l'estampe en France de 1945 à nos joursPACA exhibition traveling in FranceGroup
1998The Art of Collaborative Printmaking - Smith Andersen EditionsNevada Museum of Art, RenoGroup
1998On PaperAssociated American Artists, New YorkGroup
1998Ligne Courbe = Curved LineMusée de l'art contemporain de MontréalGroup
1998Fruits d'une PassionMusée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de MonsGroup
1997Paul JenkinsButler Institute of American Art, YoungstownSolo
1997Paul JenkinsGalerie Georges Fall, ParisSolo
1997Paul JenkinsGalerie Proarta, ZurichSolo
1997Francis Jenkins MathieuAssociated American Artists, New YorkGroup
1997Egidio Costantini — Vetro un AmoreMuseo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra, Sant'Apollonia, VeniceGroup
1997Michel Tapié — Un Art AutreGalleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di TorinoGroup
1997Passion et RésurrectionRecherches d'Art Contemporain, Chapelle des Carmes, DaxGroup
1996Paul JenkinsLorenzelli Arte, MilanSolo
199650th Anniversary ExhibitionGimpel Fils, LondonGroup
1996Künstler der GalerieRoswitha Haftmann Modern Art, ZurichGroup
1995Paul JenkinsArtcurial, ParisSolo
1995Paul JenkinsCentre d'art contemporain, Bouvet Ladubay, SaumurSolo
1995Paul JenkinsGalerie Proarta, ZurichSolo
1995Paul JenkinsChateau Musée Grimaldi, Cagnes sur merSolo
1995Paul JenkinsAssociated American Artists, New YorkSolo
1995Unpainted to the Last: Moby Dick and 20th Century ArtSpencer Museum of Art, LawrenceGroup
1995Collecting for Stanford: Selected Acquisitions 1990-95Stanford University Museum of Art, Stanford, CaliforniaGroup
1994Paul JenkinsGallery Art Point, TokyoSolo
1994Paul JenkinsPasquale Iannetti Gallery, San FranciscoSolo
1994L'Eau et la Couleurtraveling watercolor exhibition in FranceSolo
1994Hommage à Jean-Louis BarraultLa Maison Française, New York University, New YorkSolo
1994Whistler to Dine: Important Prints from the CollectionNew Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, ConnecticutGroup
1994Style des Années 40: Peintres GIMusée de CherbourgGroup
1994...And Then Some - Works from the CollectionDavid Anderson Gallery, BuffaloGroup
1994Martha Jackson Gallery: 1953-1979Associated American Artists, New YorkGroup
1994Cinquante Années de la peinture américaine 1944-1994Palais Bénédictine, Fécamp; le Chateau du Grand Jardin, JoinvilleGroup
1993Paul JenkinsSmith Andersen Gallery, Palo AltoSolo
1993Paul JenkinsYoshii Gallery, ParisSolo
1993Paul JenkinsAssociated American Artists, New YorkSolo
1993Vancouver CollectsVancouver Art Gallery, British ColumbiaGroup
1993Triennale des Ameriques: Présence en Europe 1945-92MaubeugeGroup
1993Collection de la Fondation Maeght: un choix de 150 oeuvresFondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, FranceGroup
1993La Forge des Anges, Sculptures en verreEspace Kiron, ParisGroup
1993From Intimate to MonumentalAssociated American Artists, New YorkGroup
1992Paul JenkinsRoswitha Haftmann Gallery, ZurichSolo
1992Paul JenkinsAtelier Franck Bordas, Basel Art Fair and ParisSolo
1992Paul JenkinsGuy Pieters Gallery, Knokke-le-ZouteSolo
1992Paul JenkinsAssociated American Artists, New YorkSolo
1992Abstract Expressionism: The Haskell CollectionCummer Gallery of Art, JacksonvilleGroup
1992Rue du Bac—Rue de Tournon: Karl Flinker37e Salon de Montrouge, ParisGroup
1992L'Art Actif—Art Works: La Collection Fondation Peter StuyvesantEcole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, ParisGroup
1992Le Tondo d'Aujourd'huiExhibition traveling in FranceGroup
1992Beato PassioQuinta Biennale d'Arte Sacra, San Gabriele, ItalyGroup
1992PassionsCentre d'Art Sacré, L'Hospice d'Ille sur TêtGroup
1991Polyptychs IIGimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New YorkSolo
1991Polyptychs IIGimpel Fils, LondonSolo
1991Paul JenkinsGalerie Patrice Trigano, ParisSolo
1991The Helena and Kenneth Levy Bequest, Fourteen Twentieth Century Works for the CollectionThe Tate Gallery, LondonGroup
1991Masters of Contemporary PrintmakingAssociated American Artists, New YorkGroup
1990Paul JenkinsCastello Doria, PortovenereSolo
1990Paul JenkinsGallery Art Point, TokyoSolo
1990Globale KünstlerBaukunst Galerie, CologneGroup
1990East Hampton Avant-Garde: A Salute to the Signa Gallery 1957-1960Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New YorkGroup
1989Paul JenkinsMusées de Nice: Galerie des Ponchettes et Galerie d'Art Contemporain, NiceSolo
1989The Broader Canvas: Large-Format PaintingsGimpel Fils, LondonGroup
1989Le Paysage dans l'Art ContemporainL'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, ParisGroup
1989La Passion de DunkerqueHôtel de Ville, ParisGroup
1988Paul JenkinsSamuel Stein Gallery, ChicagoSolo
1988Paul JenkinsGalerie Patrice Trigano, ParisSolo
1988CollagesGimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New YorkSolo
1988Paul JenkinsGalerie Régis Dorval, Le TouquetSolo
1988Paul JenkinsGana Gallery, SeoulSolo
1988Paul JenkinsGalleria La Loggia, BolognaSolo
1988Selections from the Bequest of Nancy HanksDuke University Museum of Art, DurhamGroup
1988The Fifties and the SixtiesGimpel Fils, LondonGroup
1988Abstractions Lyriques, et Aspect de l'Art Abstrait des Années 50Two traveling exhibitions in FranceGroup
1988Naissance d'un collectionFondation Vincent Van Gogh, Ancienne Commanderie Sainte-Luce, ArlesGroup
1987Paul JenkinsGalerie 63, KlostersSolo
1987Paul JenkinsSamuel Stein Gallery, ChicagoSolo
1987Paul Jenkins: RetrospectiveMusée Picasso, AntibesSolo
1987Paul JenkinsGalerie Régis Dorval, LilleSolo
1987Paul JenkinsGalleri Atrium, StockholmSolo
198720th Century Paintings from the GuggenheimPicker Art Gallery, Colgate University, HamiltonGroup
1987Color Pure and SimpleStamford Museum and Nature CenterGroup
1987The Spontaneous Gesture, Prints and Books of the Abstract Expressionist EraAustralian National Gallery, CanberraGroup
1987Abstractions Lyriques: Paris 1945-1955Espace Belleville, ParisGroup
1986Paul JenkinsGimpel Fils, LondonSolo
1986Paul JenkinsMR Galleria d'Arte Contemporaneo, RomeSolo
1986Paul JenkinsGalerie Michel Delorme, ParisSolo
1986Paul JenkinsRoswitha Haftmann, ZurichSolo
1986Paul JenkinsGallery Art Point, TokyoSolo
1986Paul Jenkins: CollagesButler Institute of American Art, YoungstownSolo
1986Paul JenkinsFocus Gallery, LausanneSolo
1986Paul JenkinsElaine Horwitch Gallery, Santa Fe and ScottsdaleSolo
1986Paul JenkinsGimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New YorkSolo
1986Post Tenebras LuxMusée Rath, GenevaGroup
1986Watercolor USA 1986 — The Monumental ImageSpringfield Art Museum, Springfield, MissouriGroup
1986The 1950s — American Artists in Paris Part IIIDenise Cadé Gallery, New York Group
1986Werke von Künstlern unserer galerieBaukunst, CologneGroup
1985Paul JenkinsGimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New YorkSolo
1985Paul JenkinsGallery Moos, TorontoSolo
1985Paul JenkinsGalerie Georges Fall, ParisSolo
1985Paul JenkinsGallery Art Atrium, StockholmSolo
1985Paul JenkinsFIAC, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, ParisSolo
1985Action et Emotion, Peinture des Années 50, Informel, Gutai, CobraNational Museum of Art, OsakaGroup
1985Les Années 50Musée d'Art Contemporain, DunkirkGroup
1984Paul JenkinsCarone Gallery, Fort LauderdaleSolo
1984Paul Jenkins: CollagesMusée d'Art Contemporain, DunkirkSolo
1984Paul JenkinsGimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New YorkSolo
1984Homer, Sargent and the American Watercolor TraditionThe Brooklyn Museum of Art, BrooklynGroup
1984Ordinary and Extraordinary Uses: Objects by ArtsGuild Hall Museum, East HamptonGroup
1984Aspects de la Peinture Contemporaine — 1945-1983Musée d'art moderne de Troyes, TroyesGroup
1983Paul JenkinsMead Art Museum, AmherstSolo
1983Paul JenkinsGimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New YorkSolo
1983Paul JenkinsGalerie Georges Fall, ParisSolo
1983Paul Jenkins: CollagesAlex Rosenberg Gallery, New YorkSolo
1983Paul JenkinsContemporary Gallery, DallasSolo
1982Paul JenkinsNicoline Pon Gallery, ZurichSolo
1982Paul JenkinsGimpel Fils, LondonSolo
1982Paul JenkinsI. Irving Feldman Galleries, DetroitSolo
1982Paul JenkinsGalerie Georges Fall, ParisSolo
1982Paul JenkinsContemporary Gallery, DallasSolo
1982Forms in ColorIndianapolis MuseumGroup
1982Les Américains de ParisParis Art Center, ParisGroup
1982Egidio Costantini e la Fucina degli Angeli di Venezia — Sculture in vetroChiostro Chiesa di San Fermo, VeronaGroup
1981Paul JenkinsBelk Art Gallery, Western Carolina University, CullowheeSolo
1981Paul JenkinsCarone Gallery, Fort LauderdaleSolo
1981Paul JenkinsSamuel Stein Gallery, ChicagoSolo
1981Hommage à Jean-Louis BarraultFrench Cultural Services, New YorkSolo
1981Paul JenkinsGimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New YorkSolo
1981Paul JenkinsI. Irving Feldman Galleries, SarasotaSolo
198150e Rassegna di sculture in Vetro. Proposta per una cattedrale Fucina degli Angeli, VeneziaPalazzo dei priori, PerugiaGroup
1980Paul Jenkins: RetrospectivePalm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CaliforniaSolo
1980Paul JenkinsElaine Horwitch Gallery, ScottsdaleSolo
1980Paul JenkinsGimpel Fils, LondonSolo
1980Paul JenkinsContemporary Gallery, DallasSolo
1980Paul JenkinsGalerie Karl Flinker, ParisSolo
1979Paul JenkinsGimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New YorkSolo
1979Paul JenkinsBaukunst Galerie, CologneSolo
1979Paul JenkinsElaine Horwitch Gallery, ScottsdaleSolo
1978Paul JenkinsGimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New YorkSolo
1978Paul JenkinsSamuel Stein Gallery, ChicagoSolo
1978Paul JenkinsElaine Horwitch Gallery, Santa FeSolo
1978Paul JenkinsBalcon des Arts, ParisSolo
1978Paul JenkinsDiane Gilson Gallery, SeattleSolo
1978Paul JenkinsGalleria d'Arte Narciso, TurinSolo
1977Paul JenkinsMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1977Paul JenkinsGimpel & Hanover Galerie, ZurichSolo
1977Paul JenkinsLa Galerie Cours Saint-Pierre, GenevaSolo
1977Paul JenkinsSears Bank & Trust Company, ChicagoSolo
1977Paul JenkinsContemporary Gallery, DallasSolo
1977Paul JenkinsPhilbrook Art Center, TulsaSolo
1977Paul JenkinsDiane Gilson Gallery, SeattleSolo
1977American Postwar Painting from the Guggenheim CollectionThe Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New YorkGroup
1977Selections from the Lawrence H. Bloedel Beques and Related Works from the Whitney CollectionWhitney Museum of American Art, New York and Williams College of Art, WilliamstownGroup
1977Quelques Américains à ParisCentre Georges Pompidou, ParisGroup
1976Paul JenkinsSamuel Stein Gallery, ChicagoSolo
1976Paul JenkinsGalerie Karl Flinker, Paris and Basel Art Fair, BaselSolo
1976Paul JenkinsGimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New YorkSolo
1976Abstract Expressionists and Imagists: A Retrospective ViewBlanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at AustinGroup
1976Aspects of Postwar Painting in AmericaThe Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, ColumbusGroup
1976Painting and Sculpture TodayIndianapolis Museum of Art, IndianapolisGroup
1975Paul JenkinsGalerie Tanit, MunichSolo
1975Paul JenkinsCarone Gallery, Fort LauderdaleSolo
1975Paul JenkinsGimpel & Weitzenhoffer, New YorkSolo
1975The Martha Jackson Collection at the Albright-Knox GalleryAlbright-Knox Gallery, BuffaloGroup
1975The 100th Anniversary Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures by 100 Artists Associated with the Art Students League of New YorkKennedy Galleries, New YorkGroup
1974Paul Jenkins: RetrospectiveMusée des Beaux-Arts de Charleroi, CharleroiSolo
1974Paul JenkinsBaukunst Galerie, CologneSolo
1974Paul JenkinsGimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New YorkSolo
1974Paul JenkinsGimpel Fils, LondonSolo
1974Paul JenkinsColumbus Gallery of Fine Arts, ColumbusSolo
1974Inaugural ExhibitionHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Group
1974The 1960s: Color Painting in the USBlanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at AustinGroup
1974Painting and Sculpture TodayIndianapolis Museum of Art, IndianapolisGroup
197410e Anniversary 1964-1974Aldrich Contemporary Museum, RidgefieldGroup
1973Paul JenkinsGalerie Karl Flinker, ParisSolo
1973Paul JenkinsArt Gallery of the University of Notre Dame, Notre DameSolo
1973Paul JenkinsLindenwood College Art Gallery, St. Charles, MissouriSolo
1973Paul JenkinsOklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma CitySolo
1973Paul JenkinsMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1973Paul JenkinsGimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New YorkSolo
1973Harold & May Rosenberg CollectionMontclair Art MuseumGroup
1973L'Action painting, l'abstraction lyrique et leurs environs: le signe, la tache, le nuage...des années cinquante à nos joursAbbaye de Beaulieu, GinalsGroup
1973International Glass SculptureLowe Art Museum, University of MiamiGroup
1973Flowing FormThe Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FloridaGroup
1972Paul Jenkins: RetrospectiveSan Francisco Museum of Art, San FranciscoSolo
1972Paul JenkinsGimpel Fils, LondonSolo
1972Paul JenkinsAbrams Original Editions, New YorkSolo
1972Paul JenkinsCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Solo
1972Abstract Expressionism: The First and Second Generations in the Albright-Knox Art GalleryAlbright-Knox Gallery, BuffaloGroup
1972Indianapolis Collects: Contemporary ArtIndianapolis Museum of Art, IndianapolisGroup
1972The Michener Collection: American Painting of the 20th CenturyBlanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at AustinGroup
1971Paul Jenkins: RetrospectiveMuseum of Fine Arts, HoustonSolo
1971Paul JenkinsMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1971Paul JenkinsRichard Gray Gallery, ChicagoSolo
1971Paul JenkinsGertrude Kasle, DetroitSolo
1971Contemporary American Paintings and Sculpture: 1948-1969Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign-UrbanaGroup
1971Art from the Chase Manhattan Bank CollectionFinch College Museum, New YorkGroup
1971American Painting since World War IIDelaware Art Museum, WilmingtonGroup
1970Paul JenkinsMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1970Michener CollectionUniversity Art Museum, AustinGroup
1970Trends in Twentieth Century Art, a loan exhibition from the San Francisco Museum of ArtThe Art Galleries, University of California, Santa BarbaraGroup
1970XXXVII Mostra Internazionale di sculture in Vetro. Sculture in vetro della Fucina degli AngeliPalazzo Ducale, Venice and Fucina degli Angeli, Castello Calle CoronaGroup
1970Contemporary American Painting and SculptureKrannert Art Museum, Champaign-UrbanaGroup
1970Painting and Sculpture TodayIndianapolis Museum of Art, IndianapolisGroup
1970International Watercolor ExhibitionBrooklyn Museum, BrooklynGroup
1970La Peinture Contemporaine de la Collection de la Baronne Alix de RothschildMusée des Beaux-Arts, CaenGroup
1969Paul JenkinsMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1969XXXV Mostra Internazionale, Sculture in Vetro della Fucina della AngeliCastelli Campo SS. Filippo e Giacomo, Venice Group
1969Selections from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum CollectionCincinnati Art MuseumGroup
1969Jahresgaben 1969Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover Group
1969Selected Paintings from the Michener CollectionBlanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at AustinGroup
1969The 164th Annual ExhibitionPennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PhiladelphiaGroup
1968Paul JenkinsGalerie Daniel Gervis, ParisSolo
1968Paul JenkinsGallery Moos, TorontoSolo
1968Paul JenkinsGalerie Räber, LucerneSolo
1968Paul JenkinsMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1968The Art of Organic FormsMuseum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Group
1968East Coast-West Coast PaintingsMuseum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman and the Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma CityGroup
1967Contemporary American Painting and SculptureKrannert Art Museum, Champaign-UrbanaGroup
196730th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American PaintingCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.Group
1967The 1960s: Painting and Sculpture from the Museum of Modern Art CollectionMuseum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
1967The 1967 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and SculptureCarnegie Institute Museum of Art, PittsburghGroup
1967Dix Ans d'Art Vivant: 1955-1965Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-VenceGroup
1967Treasures from the Inventory I: Seventeen LovesMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkGroup
1967Selections 1967: Recent Acquisitions in Modern ArtUniversity of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film ArchiveGroup
1966Paul JenkinsMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1966Paul JenkinsGalerie Agnès LeFort, MontrealSolo
1966Paul JenkinsHope Makler Gallery, PhiladelphiaSolo
1966Paul JenkinsArthur Tooth & Sons, LondonSolo
1966Past Present: 250 Years of American PaintingCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Group
1966Peter Stuyvesant CollectionStedelijk Museum, AmsterdamGroup
1966Peter Stuyvesant Collection: Le Musée dans l'UsinePalais du Louvre, ParisGroup
1966USA Art VivantMusée des Augustins, ToulouseGroup
1966International Art: 1965-1966 American Art Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
19662e Salon International de Galeries Pilotes—Artistes et Découvreurs de notre tempsMusée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, LausanneGroup
1965Paul JenkinsGalerie Karl Flinker, ParisSolo
1965Paul JenkinsGertrude Kasle Gallery, DetroitSolo
1965Paul JenkinsCourt Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
1965Paul JenkinsGallery of Modern Art, ScottsdaleSolo
1965Art USA Now—The Johnson CollectionThe Whitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
1965Annual Exhibition of American PaintingThe Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Group
1965Painting without a BrushInstitute of Contemporary Art, BostonGroup
1965Group ShowKrannert Art Museum, Champaign-UrbanaGroup
1965A University Collects - Paintings from the New York University Art CollectionCirculated by the American Federation of ArtsGroup
1965Lithographies de l'Atelier MourlotRedfern Gallery, London Group
1965Painting and Sculpture TodayIndianapolis Museum of Art, IndianapolisGroup
1964Paul JenkinsTokyo Gallery, TokyoSolo
1964Paul JenkinsAmerican Art Gallery, CopenhagenSolo
1964Paul JenkinsKumar Gallery, New DelhiSolo
1964Paul JenkinsMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1964Paul Jenkins: RetrospectiveKestner-Gesellschaft, HanoverSolo
1964Paintings and Sculptures of a DecadeTate Gallery, LondonGroup
1964GutaiGutai Pinacotheca, OsakaGroup
1964Old Hundred: Selections from the Larry Aldrich Contemporary Collection 1954-1964RidgefieldGroup
1964Kunst des 20 Jahrhunderts in Kölner PrivatbesitzKölner Kunstverein, CologneGroup
1964Painting and Sculpture TodayIndianapolis Museum of Art, IndianapolisGroup
1964Color Form and TextureArthur Tooth & Sons, LondonGroup
1963Paul JenkinsArthur Tooth & Sons, LondonSolo
1963Paul JenkinsGalerie Karl Flinker, ParisSolo
1963Paul JenkinsGallery Moos, TorontoSolo
1963Abstract Watercolors by Fourteen AmericansMuseum of Modern Art, New York, traveling exhibition, U.S.I.S. Gallery, LondonGroup
196366th Annual American Exhibition: Directions in Contemporary Painting and SculptureThe Art Institute of ChicagoGroup
1963Art USA NowRoyal Academy of Arts, LondonGroup
196322nd International Watercolor BiennialThe Brooklyn Museum, BrooklynGroup
19631er Salon International de Galeries Pilotes—Artistes et Découvreurs de notre tempsMusée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, LausanneGroup
1963Eleven AmericansMartha Jackson Gallery, New York Group
1963Painting and Sculpture TodayIndianapolis Museum of Art, IndianapolisGroup
1962Paul JenkinsGalerie Lienhard, ZurichSolo
1962Paul JenkinsGalerie Karl Flinker, ParisSolo
1962Paul JenkinsEsther Robles Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
1962Paul JenkinsToninelli Arte Moderna, MilanSolo
1962Paul JenkinsGalleria Odyssia, RomeSolo
1962Paul JenkinsKölnischer Kunstverein, CologneSolo
1962Primitives to PicassoRoyal Academy of Arts, LondonGroup
1962Paris ComparisonsMusée du LouvreGroup
1962Recent Developments in Painting VArthur Tooth & Sons, LondonGroup
1962Gegenwart bis 1962Haus am Waldsee, BerlinGroup
1962Selections 1934-1961: American Artists from the Collection of Martha JacksonMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkGroup
1962Art since 1950World's Fair, SeattleGroup
1962Antagonismes 2 L'ObjetMusée de Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, ParisGroup
1962Contemporary American Painting—The Art Around UsBirmingham Museum of Art, BirminghamGroup
1962American Art since 1950Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, WalthamGroup
1961Paul JenkinsGalerie Karl Flinker, ParisSolo
1961Paul JenkinsMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1961Paul JenkinsUniversity Gallery, University of MinnesotaSolo
1961Abstract Expressionists and ImagistsSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Group
1961Modern American PaintingAmerican Embassy, London, USIS [United States Information Service] GalleryGroup
1961Recent Developments in Painting IVArthur Tooth & Sons, LondonGroup
1961Contemporary American Painting and SculptureKrannert Art Museum, Champaign-UrbanaGroup
1961The 1961 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and SculptureCarnegie Institute Museum of Art, PittsburghGroup
1961Sixty-Fourth American ExhibitionArt Institute of ChicagoGroup
1961Painting and Sculpture TodayIndianapolis Museum of Art, IndianapolisGroup
1960Paul JenkinsArthur Tooth & Sons, LondonSolo
1960Paul JenkinsMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1960Paul JenkinsEsther Robles Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
1960Paul JenkinsGalerie d'Art Moderne, StuttgartSolo
196060 American PaintersWalker Art Center, MinneapolisGroup
1960Recent Developments in Painting IIIArthur Tooth & Sons, LondonGroup
1960New Forms — New Media IMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkGroup
1960An Exhibition of Avant-Garde PaintingsBrooks Memorial Art Gallery, MemphisGroup
1960Contemporary American Painting TodayColumbus Gallery of Fine ArtsGroup
1959Paul JenkinsGalerie Stadler, ParisSolo
1959Gutai Osaka FestivalOsakaGroup
1959Recent Developments in Painting IIArthur Tooth & Sons, London Group
1959Arte NuovaCircolo degli Artisti, Palazzo Graneri, TurinGroup
1959Twentieth Biennial Watercolor ExhibitionBrooklyn Museum, BrooklynGroup
1959Contemporary American Painting and SculptureKrannert Museum, Champaign-UrbanaGroup
1958Paul JenkinsMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1958Nature in AbstractionWhitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
1958An International SelectionSigna Gallery, East HamptonGroup
1958The 1958 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary and SculptureCarnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaGroup
1958Corcoran BiennialCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.Group
1957Paul JenkinsGalerie Stadler, ParisSolo
1957Young America—Thirty American Painters and Sculptors under Thirty-five Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Group
195741 Watercolorists of Today [41 Aquarellistes d'Aujourd'hui]Musée des Ponchettes, Nice Group
1957The Exploration of PaintArthur Tooth & Sons, LondonGroup
1957Recent Developments in PaintingArthur Tooth & Sons, London Group
1957AnnualArt Institute of ChicagoGroup
1957Post-Picasso ParisHanover Gallery, London Group
1957New Trends in PaintingArts Council of Great Britain, ColchesterGroup
1957Otro ArteSala Gaspar, BarcelonaGroup
1957New Aspects of SpaceMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkGroup
1956Paul JenkinsMartha Jackson Gallery, New YorkSolo
1956Recent American WatercolorsThe Museum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
1956New Trends in PaintingArts Council of Great BritainGroup
1956Recent Drawings USAMuseum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
1956ForecastAmerican Federation of ArtsGroup
1956DivergencesGalerie Arnaud, ParisGroup
1956Sculpteurs et Peintres Abstrait Américains de ParisGalerie Arnaud, ParisGroup
1955Paul JenkinsZoe Dusanne Gallery, SeattleSolo
1955Artistes Etrangers en FrancePetit Palais, ParisGroup
1955Signes AutresGalerie Rive Droite, ParisGroup
1955Inaugural ExhibitionGalerie Stadler, ParisGroup
1955Phases de l'art contemporainGalerie R. Creuze, ParisGroup
1955Kunst 1955Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken, GermanyGroup
1954Paul JenkinsZimmergalerie Franck, Frankfort am MainSolo
1954Paul JenkinsStudio Paul Facchetti, ParisSolo
1954DivergencesGalerie Arnaud, ParisGroup
1954Groupe 1954Studio Paul Facchetti, ParisGroup