Bill Jensen

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Bill Jensen
Ch'an Bones Scroll IV
Ink on laid paper, triptych.
17 7/8 x 33 1/2 inches (43.4 x 85.1 cm)
Gift of the artist.
Gift of the artist.

After studying at the University of Minnesota, Jensen moved to New York City in 1970 and became known for the elegant sensuality of his colorful, biomorphic, abstract compositions. In his works on paper he creates subtle variations in tone and value through the application of fluid, translucent layers of handmade ink on thick sheets of paper, which he washes between applications. His primary influence is ancient Chinese philosophy and poetry. The title of this triptych references Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism. Jensen's lyrical style has prompted comparisons with early American modernists such as Arthur Dove and Albert Pinkham Ryder, while his connection to East Asian art and philosophy aligns him with postwar artists such as Bruce Conner and Brice Marden.

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