Paul Jenkins

Untitled, 1979
watercolor on paper
43.12 x 31.12 in
"Watercolor is not elusive. It is the architecture beneath the sea that cries to be let out, to be discovered. And when it rings right, it sounds very much like a bell tolling deeply in the sea from some strange sunken chapel."

Letter from the artist, May 13, 1983 Archives of American Art, Paul Jenkins Papers.

Paul Jenkins has maintained a deep commitment to watercolor from his earliest beginnings, and his watercolors are found in museum collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.

In 1956, he participated in the Museum of Modern Art exhibition in New York, Recent Drawings USA. In 1957, his work was included in the seminal exhibition "41 American Watercolorists of Today, organized by the International Program of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and chosen by Dorothy Miller, curator of the collection, with a catalogue and preface by Frank O'Hara. Works in watercolor from 1958 were acquired by Joseph Hirshhorn and are presently in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. In 1989, the Musées de Nice exhibited watercolors in conjunction with the artist's dance-drama performed at the Paris Opera [Shaman to the Prism Seen, 1988].