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Christensen, who innovated art with spray gun, dies at 64

Christensen, who innovated art with spray gun, dies at 64

Dan Christensen, a painter who stretched the styles of the New York School by using a spray gun to apply colors to 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.
Two days before his death _ and still painting _ he attended a reception at the gallery, where more than 20 pieces representing his four decades of creativity were on display.
"He was here, surrounded by his friends, family and admirers. He was in very good spirits," said Allegra LaViola, associate director of the Spanierman Modern.
Christensen's works, which sell for around $5,000 (euro3,875) to $150,000 (euro116,270) each, 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.
His style was often inspired by painters of the New York School like Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler.
By 1967, he had started using a spray gun to paint the colorful loops that became his artistic signature.
Christensen is survived by his wife, Elaine Grove; three sons and two sisters and a brother.
The show of his works, which opened Jan. 8, runs through Feb. 17.
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Updated : 2021-02-28 21:37 GMT+08:00