Among the most important figures of American abstract expressionism, Paul Jenkins echoed other New York school artists in willingness to explore unconventional methods of applying color to canvas and stone. He was more likely to shape the color with an ivory knife or kneed a canvas than he was to use a brush.
This creation "by-chance" reflected his interest in mysticism and spirituality, and the influence he saw in the writings of Carl Jung. Beginning in the 1960's, his colorful, psychedelic works all bore the title "Phenomena", followed by their unique name. When he worked, Jenkins did not want to create representations of external subjects. Instead, he sought to express the essence of color itself, in how one can manipulate and move the medium without forcing it to imitate something it is not.
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Lithograph, 26.5" x 20.75", 1973
Broken Prisms, Georges Fall
Lithographic Poster, 19" x 27", 1985