20.06.2012: Paul Jenkins, Painter of Abstract Artwork, Dies at 88
Geboren: 12 juli 1923, Kansas City, Missouri, Verenigde Staten
Overleden: 9 juni 2012, Manhattan, New York, Verenigde Staten
Tentoongesteld: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Perioden: Abstract expressionisme, Lyrical abstraction
Echtgenote: Alice Baber (geh. 1964–1970)
Opleiding: Art Students League of New York, Kansas City Art Institute
Bron: New York Times, 17.06.2012, by Randy Kennedy
Jenkins, a colorful Abstract Expressionist who came of age during the heyday of the New York School and for several decades carried on its highly physical tradition of manipulating paint and canvas, died on June 9 in Manhattan, where he lived and had continued to paint until recently. He was 88. He died after a short illness, said his wife, Suzanne.
In the late 1940s, joining a wave of aspiring painters moving to New York, Mr. Jenkins used the G.I. Bill to study at the Art Students League and soon met Jackson Pollock and befriended Mark Rothko. In 1953 he resettled in Paris, but maintained a lifelong connection with New York.
Early on he adopted a tactile, chance-driven method of painting that privileged almost every technique over brushwork. Dribbling paint Pollock-like onto loose canvasses, he allowed it to roll, pool and bleed, and he sometimes kneaded and hauled on the canvas — “as if it were a sail,” he said once. His favorite tool for many years was an elegant ivory knife, which he used to guide the flow of paint.