Bill Jensen

B. 1945 Bill Jensen received his MFA in 1970. The following year he moved to New York, where his large-scale abstract paintings involved images of spirals and ellipses on surfaces made of a mixture of synthetic varnish, hand-ground pigments, oil, and sand. However, a toxic reaction to his materials forced him to abandon painting for a year; upon resuming a full-time studio practice he conceived the intimately scaled abstractions for which he is well known. Jensen has been preoccupied with an eclectic mix of stylistic predecessors that include Albert Pinkham Ryder, Marsden Hartley, Arthur B. Dove, and Francisco Goya.

Jensen had his first show at the Fishbach Gallery in New York (1981), and the same year was included in the Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has been a part of Five Painters in New York (1984), the 40th Biennial of Contemporary American Painting (1987), at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and his work was the subject of a retrospective organized by the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC (1987). In 1986 he received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jensen was one of the first artists invited by Bill Goldston to print at ULAE. Since 1983, he has explored all avenues of intaglio technique.

2011

Howl, 2011
Intaglio in 4 colors

Original Face, 2011
Intaglio in 2 colors

Precepts, 2011
Intaglio in 7 colors

Scontro Frontale, 2011
Intaglio in 3 colors

2010

Cern, 2010
Intaglio in 2 colors

Eclipse, 2010
Intaglio in 1 color

Guardian, 2010
Intaglio in 2 colors

Guardians of the Gate, 2010
Intaglio in 2 colors

Sorrow, 2010
Intaglio in 4 colors

Tambourine Man (Bill), 2010
Intaglio

The Monkey's Rain Coat, 2010
Intaglio in 2 colors

2001

Fei Fei, 2001
Intaglio in 3 colors

Mappa del Mondo, 2001
Intaglio in 2 colors

Russell's Lair, 2001
Intaglio in 1 color

Tergo, 2001
Intaglio in 4 colors

Tuva, 2001
Intaglio in 2 colors

1996

Defiance, 1996
Intaglio in 8 colors with spitbite and aquatint

Lurisia, 1996
Intaglio in 5 colors

Masthead, 1996
Intaglio in 2 colors

1995

Deposition, 1995
Intaglio in 8 colors

1994

Postcards from Trakl, 1994
Portfolio of 12 intaglios and 1 woodcut

1993

Solace, 1993
Intaglio in 1 color with chine colle

1992

Deadhead, 1992
Intaglio in 7 colors with chine colle

1990

For Alice, 1990
Intaglio in 7 colors

For Alice Too, 1990
Intaglio in 7 colors

Lie-Light, 1990
Intaglio in 7 colors

1989

Exit, 1989
Intaglio in 4 colors

Guy and the Loon, 1989
Intaglio in 1 color with etching, aquatint, scraping, and burnishing

Plight, 1989
Intaglio in 4 colors

Sled, 1989
Intaglio in 1 color with etching, aquatint, scraping and burnishing

Vanquished, 1989
Intaglio in 5 colors

1988

Babylon, 1988
Intaglio in 6 colors

Etching For Denial, 1988
Intaglio in 1 color with etching, aquatint, scraping, and burnishing

1987

Ancestors, 1987
Intaglio in 5 colors

1986

Isle Le Block, 1986
Intaglio in 1 color with engraving

Kepler, 1986
Intaglio in 1 color with etching, spitbite, and drypoint

1985

Endless, 1985
Portfolio of 11 etchings

1984

Studio, 1984
Intaglio in 1 color