Renowned for his method of pouring paint onto canvas and paper and a contemporary of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell, pre-eminent Abstract Expressionist painter Paul Jenkins achieves luminosities and jewel-like color in his sweeping works on primed canvas and paper. At first, it may appear that Jenkins stained his canvases while in fact he did not. He would first prime the canvas surface before applying paint. Jenkins' early works on canvas from the 1950s were defined by drips and pours of oil paint and enamel in varied densities. In 1959, the significant Eyes of the Dove series "opened up the negative-positive, positive-negative, the interpenetration of white ground and evident images." The term phenomena first appeared in 1959 as a preface to the titles of his works, and reflects the artist's strong interest in Kant and in the color theories of Goethe. In 1960, he began his transition to working in acrylic with more thinly applied paint which also saw the recurrence of what the artist called his "lost and found line." In its permanent collection, the Cleveland Museum of Art has an iconic work from this period, Phenomena When I Looked Away from 1960, one of the last paintings in oil from that time. In 1979, a heavier impasto reappeared, amalgamated with veils of differing transparencies. Paul Jenkins recently had an exhibiton of monumental paintings at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas.

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BERRY CAMPBELL features Post-War Modern art with a focus on established and mid-career contemporary artists including Walter Darby Bannard, Stanley
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