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Bill Jensen, American artist. National Endowment for the Arts fellow, 1985-1986. Active in Creative Artists Public Service Program, 1979.


Jensen, Bill was born on November 26, 1945 in Minneapolis.


Jensen was born in 1945 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied at , where he earned his BFA in 1968 and his MFA in 1970. He has lived and worked in New York City since the early 1970s.

Jensen was one of the artist pioneers who established a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Early years In 1971, Jensen was included in a group show at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. His first solo exhibition was at Fischbach Gallery in New York in 1973. Mature work Jensen’s abstract works have been praised for their unconventional compositions and profound sense of color.

In 1986, Jensen was included in a group show at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. In the same year, he had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Jensen explores certain realms of the inner life through abstraction.

Jensen had one-person exhibitions at Mary Boone Gallery in 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001, and 2002. Jensen is represented by Cheim & Read Gallery in New York. Jensen described, “…What abstract art can do is put people in touch with areas of their psyche they’re not normally aware of.

This other world is where prejudice and wars do not exist. The I, the Me, the you, do not exist there. If you can bring people in touch with that for just a second, then you have a different way of looking at the world.”.



Active in Creative Artists Public Service Program, 1979.


Married Margrit Lewczuk. 1 child, Russell Lewczuk.

Margrit Lewczuk

Russell Lewczuk Jensen