Artist Dan Christensen Dies at 64

Artist Dan Christensen Dies at 64

Dan Christensen, a painter who stretched the styles of the New York School by using a spray gun to apply loops of colors onto canvas, has died. He was 64.

Christensen died Jan. 20 of heart failure due to polymyositis, a muscle disease, according to the Spanierman Modern gallery in Manhattan, which is exhibiting his work.

Christensen's works, which sell for around $5,000 to $150,000 each, also have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York, and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.

Born in Cozad, Neb., Christensen decided to become a painter after taking a trip to Colorado as a teenager and seeing Jackson Pollock's work. Christensen graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri in 1964, and moved to New York the next year.

By 1967, he had started using a spray gun to paint the colorful loops that became his artistic signature. He started by spraying over pieces of tape which, when removed, left a series of tightly wound loops that spill into freer brushes of color.

His later works evolved into bold splashes of expression, with colors shaped into soft circles or a translucent, improvised delicacy.

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