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Bill Jensen

Bill Jensen

(Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1945 -)

Drawing for Denial III, 1985

charcoal on paper

30 in. x 22 1/4 in.

Bill Jensen (born 1945 in Minneapolis, MN) is an american artist based in New York. He was one of the first artists to establish a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For Jensen, a painting is successful only when the artist’s initial impulse and his material’s properties harmoniously converge; this can sometimes take several years to achieve. Defined by an amorphous, ever-changing search for resolution, Jensen’s results are ultimately determined by the act of painting itself. Jensen’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Phillips Collection, Washington, D. C. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California.

 

Drawing for Denial III is a example of Jensen’s exploration of the initial process of creating an artwork made external through the use of visibly quick gestures and lines. The abstract images are carefully finished and tend to alternate between abstraction and representation as shapes emerge. Jensen’s work resists the categorization of style and he is known for his continually shifting approach to subject matter and technic.

 

[description:] Wide white border around another border that was softly made out of charcoal. These two borders surround the main focus of the drawing, which is right in the center of the work. Inside the main focus of the piece, there are various organic shapes that flow between one another, with the two largest ones in the center. They somewhat replicate the shape of a droplet.

 

Drawing for Peter (Busa), 1984 – 1985

charcoal on paper

30 in. x 22 1/4 in.