Paul Jenkins came to prominence in the 1950s as a member of the Abstract Expressionist movement. He was born in Kansas City in 1923 and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute before enlisting in the Naval Air Corps during World War II. After the war he moved to New York, where he studied at the Art Students League. Jenkins’s paintings are concerned with the application of colour.

He perfected the process of pouring paint to achieve the luminous fields of colour that characterise his paintings. Emissary, an etching and aquatint created in 1980 at Tyler Graphics Ltd, is a work typical of Jenkins.
Emilie Owens
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