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July 20, 2016

From Nebraska to New York: Dan Christensen’s Life and Colorful Career

A small-town boy from Nebraska, the son of a farmer and a truck driver, might not seem like a likely candidate for becoming one of New York’s leading abstract painters in the 1960s. But that’s exactly who Dan Christensen (1942–2007) was, and who he became.

A fateful trip to Denver—specifically, his first encounter with the work of Jackson Pollock—changed the course of his life by inspiring a teenage Christensen to paint. After earning a BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute, he moved to New York to pursue a career as an artist.