Paul Jenkins was born in Kansas City, Missouri (1923-2012). He was raised Ohio and was "drawn" to New York becoming a student of Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Students League.
Inspired in part by Pollock (an earth-shattering challenge), and Mark Tobey and his metaphysical use, Jenkins became associated with the Abstract Expressionists.
His paintings represent the vitality and spirit and invention of post WWII American abstraction. He used an unconventional method for paint application, identified as a process of controlled paint-pouring and canvas manipulation.
But this was not all, he is known for his veils of transparent and translucent color, which take on a jewel like qualities characterizing his works since the late 1950s.
His ongoing interest in Eastern religions and philosophy, his studies of I Ching as well as the writings of Carl Jung have driven Jenkins' turn to inward reflection and mysticism and these have dominated his visual, artistic life as well as his personal life.