Dan Christensen



Dan Christensen (1942-2007) is widely recognized as one of America’s foremost color abstractionists. Over the course his lengthy career, Christensen was devoted to exploring and expanding the constantly shifting trends of 20th century abstraction. 

Christensen established his reputation at the end of the 1960s, by using spray guns to create colorful stacks, loops, and lines in his artworks. This body of work was considered by the legendary art critic Clement Greenberg among the most original abstract paintings of the decade.

Unlike many of his contemporaries who dedicated themselves to a signature style, Christensen was unrelentingly curious and allowed his dynamic version of abstraction to evolve as he tried new techniques and aesthetics.  

During the 1980s, Christensen focused on experimenting with different forms of washing, spraying, and layering colours over top of each other. The works from Christensen's late period combine the gestural drama of Abstract Expressionism with the stained surface look popularized by Color Field artists.

The aesthetic complexity he achieved with these combined techniques are perfectly demonstrated in this work. Splatters and spontaneously created forms of icing white hover above a whirlwind of a background. On the bottom edge, a bright streak of canary yellow overlays the other colours underneath, adding a unique depth to this work. 

Over the course of Christensen's lengthy career, he has had numerous solo  exhibitions in galleries and renowned institutions around the world. His works can be found in museums including the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The MoMA and the Albright-Knox Gallery.

Untitled ("Blush")

USA, 1981

Signed and dated by the artist in pencil

Acrylic and mixed media on paper

30.25"H 22.75"W (work)

32.75"H 25"W (framed)

Very good condition

Provenance: the Estate of Dan Christensen

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