Paul Jenkins was an American abstract artist and member of the New York School. He was born in 1923 and worked at a ceramics factory in his youth, an experience that heavily influenced his tactile methods of painting. He was a close friend of Mark Rothko,
Jenkins’s innovative practice was characterized by his choice to avoid the paintbrush altogether, instead allowing pigment to pool, bloom, or roll across the surface of his canvases, guiding the paint with a knife to create fluid fields of colour.
He died in 2012 in New York.