Paul Jenkins was a renowned American abstract expressionist painter who was deeply influenced by Eastern philosophy. During WWII, he did not lose his fascination for the Eastern cultures. Jenkins came into contact with the Chinese philosophical text, "I Ching" and he called "Tao Te Ching" a "simplified" masterpiece of the Upanishads. His paintings had taken the abstract art stages of New York and Paris by storm. The American abstract expressionist artist, Paul Jenkins was born in Missouri, USA in 1923 and he lived in Paris for many years. Since he held his first solo exhibition in Paris in 1954, 85 art galleries and museums across more than ten countries have exhibited and collected his works.