Dan Christensen

American, 1942 - 2007
Dan Christensen, born in Cozad in 1942, stands as a highly esteemed painter, earning recognition as one of Nebraska's most notable native artists. His artistic odyssey commenced at Chadron State College in the late 1950s, where astute instructors identified his talent and encouraged him to pursue further education at the Kansas City Art Institute. Graduating as class valedictorian in 1964, Christensen initially delved into figurative painting but embarked on a journey into abstraction upon his relocation to New York in 1965.
 
In the vibrant art scene of New York, Christensen's distinctive and innovative style garnered attention as he utilized spray guns to intricately draw colorful stacks, loops, and lines on his canvases, marking the inception of a successful and influential career. By 1969, he embraced a squeegee technique, creating geometric "plaid" paintings that showcased his artistic versatility. While Christensen achieved acclaim in the New York art scene during the '70s and '80s, broader recognition across regions came in subsequent years.
 
The exhibition "Dan Christensen: Forty Years of Painting" at the Sheldon Museum of Art is a testament to his artistic evolution, featuring over 30 works spanning from 1966 to 2006. His lyrical abstraction, often intertwined with color field painting, serves as a deeply personal expression, skillfully navigating the interplay of line and color. Christensen's artistic mantra, "the harmonious turbulence of the universe," encapsulates the improvisational and exploratory nature of his work, emphasizing the importance of self-surprise in the creation of meaningful art. The exhibition not only highlights Christensen's enduring dedication but also pays homage to his substantial contribution to the art world.
Dan Christensen Cancun H 94 in W 43 in $ 75,000
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