Danish artist Jan Christensen pulls together an incredible array of influences in his kaleidoscopic body of work. Invested in the practice of painting but not afraid to reference various outside elements taken from design and popular culture, Christensen offers his audience work that speaks to this contemporary moment and beyond.
Building up the surface of each composition with a remarkable variety of brushstrokes, Christensen often also pulls in subtle references to outside graphic works: whether is a snippet of text or an allusion to an album cover, Christensen deepens his art by this web of connections that he weaves.
Born in Copenhagen in 1977, Christensen earned his degree at The National College of Art and Design in Oslo, Norway, in 2000. Now splitting his time between Oslo and Berlin, Christiansen has enjoyed the showcase of his work in various galleries across Europe. Recent solo exhibitions include “Time as Matter” at the Viborg Kunsthal (Viborg, 2014); “Stranger Love” at Gerhardsen Gerner (Berlin, 2015); “Untitled” at Akershus Kunstsenter (Lillestrøm, 2017); “An Expression of Nostalgia” at QB Gallery (Oslo, 2018); and “Oslo Shapeshifters” at Galeria Presenca (Porto, 2019). Both the Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, hold examples of Christiansen’s work in their permanent collections.