Dan Christensen

(b. 1942)

Dan Christensen is regarded as one of America’s leading Abstract painters. Largely influenced by Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollack and Color Field Painters, Christensen incorporated innovative techniques in his paintings, using unconventional instruments like squeegees, house paint rollers and brooms to apply paint. Out of this new way of working emerged a range of unexpected and unique marks that later came to be representative of Christensen’s work.

Of Christensen’s innovative methods, his most famed is his spray paint gun which he used to create his “spray loop” paintings, ultimately earning him praise from the heralded Clement Greenberg. In addition to his resourceful way of painting, Christensen was noted for his bold use of color.

Before becoming the abstract painter her is known for being today, Dan Christensen was trained as a figurative painter at the Kansas City Institute of Art.  After moving to New York in 1964 he began his career, participating in a number of solo and group shows alongside artists like Jules Olitski, and Helen Frankenthaler.


Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY