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Untitled (for Stewart), 1977, Acrylic on Canvas, H 14.75" x W 8", Signed, Dated, and Inscribed Verso

Untitled (for Stewart), 1977

Dan Christensen (1942 – 2007)

Dan Christensen was born in Lexington, Nebraska in 1942. He was raised in North Platte; he attended Chadron State College and he graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1964. He taught at the School of Visual Arts from 1978 to 1982. He was the winner of many grants and fellowships.

Primarily an abstract painter, Christensen greatly varied his styles. His paintings employed a variety of tools, including spray guns, trowels and squeegies. The constant in his art was the importance of color and his work shows a continual exploration of the possibilities of color.

Dan Christensen spent the end of his life in East Hampton, NY and died in 2007.


National Endowment Grant, 1968
Guggenheim Fellowship Theodoran Award, 1969
Gottlieb Foundation Grant, 1986
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 1992
Dan Christensen Artwork in Public Collections:

The Butler Institute of American Art; Youngstown, Ohio
Eversen Museum of Art; Syracuse, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Art Institute of Chicago
Dayton Art Institute; Ohio
Denver Museum of Art
Edmonton Art Gallery; Alberta, Canada
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Greenville County Museum of Art; South Carolina
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; New York
The High Museum; Atlanta, Georgia
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Washington, D.C.
Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Texas

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Johnson Museum of Art – Cornell University; Ithaca, New York
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Kansas City, Missouri
Metropolitan Museum of Art; New York
Museum of Art; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago
Museum of Modern Art; New York
The Robert Rowan Collection; Pasadena, California
St. Louis Art Museum; Missouri
The Seattle Art Museum; Washington
The Toledo Museum; Ohio
Addison Gallery of American Art; Andover, Massachusetts
Smith College Museum of Art; Northampton, Massachusetts
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College; Massachusetts
Whitney Museum of American Art; New York

Sources include:
Who’s Who in American Art, 1993-4
American Artists, Les Krantz, Publisher

Biography from the Archives of AskART