Bill Jensen

American, b. 1945


Considered a third generation Abstract Expressionist painter, Bill Jensen made canvasses, often inspired by Chinese poetry and Buddhism, that sought to ignite areas of psyche and memory and create powerful emotional connections. Albert Pinkham Ryder, Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, and Clyfford Still are all touchstones for Jensen’s vigorous, landscape-like abstractions, where shape, line, and intense color follow unpredictable yet harmonious paths. Unlike many of the painters of his generation, Jensen has not developed and maintained a signature style, but prefers to let the process of making each piece determine the direction of the image. 'Change is good for art but hard on the artist," he says. "I feel that serious artists go into the studio day after day and let the art slowly take them, sometimes kicking and screaming, into new territories."

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Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
Articles Featuring Bill Jensen
Bill Jensen’s Latest “Transgressions” at Cheim & Read
Apr 27th, 2015
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