Dan Christensen (American, 1942–2007) was a painter who was part of the Abstract movement. Christensen was born in Cozad, NE, and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he received a BA in Fine Art. After moving to New York City in the 1960s, he continued to experiment with his work.
In 1966, he hosted his first exhibition. He married Elaine Grove, and the two had three children. His work as a studio assistant with Jules Olitski and Ken Noland in the 1970s helped shape his career by allowing him to witness artists working with new forms of media. The artist initially worked in the Minimalist style, but he later expressed his freedom with Abstract work.
Christensen often used squeegees, paint guns, and other unusual items to create his work. Most of his work featured acrylic or oil paints on canvas, and featured Abstract shapes and designs in bright colors. He frequently used loops and rectangles in his art because he preferred the layered look. One of his more famous works is Serpens, which he created in 1968. This piece is now exhibited in the Spanierman Gallery in New York City. The piece features loops and swirls of different colors on a bright red background. The 1984 piece Bourbon Street also highlights his unusual painting style. The artist added blue swirls to a plain white canvas and finished the piece with a bright splash of yellow, added with a squeegee. Some of his later work was in the Contemporary style, including Midnight with Miro, which he finished in 1985.
Christensen garnered several awards over the course of his career. He won the Guggenheim Fellowship Theodora Award and the National Endowment Grant. Shortly before his death, he witnessed a retrospective on his work at the Spanierman Gallery. Following his death, several galleries, including the Spanierman Gallery, the Sheldon Museum of Art, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, exhibited shows devoted to the artist. The Fine Arts Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Meredith Long Gallery currently exhibit his work. Christensen died in 2007 in Springs, NY.