Alfred Jensen

Alfred Jensen

Alfred Jensen (b. 1903, Guatemala City d. 1981, Livingston) studied painting at the San Diego Fine Arts School and in Munich under Hans Hoffman. After moving to the United States in 1934, his patron Saidie Alder May encouraged him to pursue his interested in color theory and pattern. Jensen's intricately organized diagrams reflect his distinctive conceptual approach, begun in the late 1950s when he started to refine his wide-ranging studies of systems and philosophies—from theories of color and light, mathematics, and the Mayan calendar, to scientific formulations—into multicolored checkerboards. He used mathematical systems to construct two-dimensional grid paintings and demonstrate color theories, but the work itself is metaphorical, referencing pre-Colombian and Asian cultures, textiles, and divination. Pace Gallery has represented Jensen's estate since 1977.

Images
, 1975. oil on canvas, 74 x 37" (188 x 94 cm) 37 x 37" (94 x 94 cm), two panels, each.
Emission Spectrum, 1975. oil on canvas, 74 x 37" (188 x 94 cm) 37 x 37" (94 x 94 cm), two panels, each.
, 1975. oil on canvas, 3 panels, each 86" x 51"; overall installed, 86 x 153" (218.4 x 388.6 cm).
Physical Optics, 1975. oil on canvas, 3 panels, each 86" x 51"; overall installed, 86 x 153" (218.4 x 388.6 cm).
, 1964. oil on canvas, 72" x 50" (182.9 cm x 127 cm).
The Marriage of Odd and Even Numbers, 1964. oil on canvas, 72" x 50" (182.9 cm x 127 cm).
, 1959. oil on canvas, 74" x 94-7/8" (188 cm x 241 cm), overall 74" x 48-7/8" (188 cm x 124.1 cm), left panel74" x 46" (188 cm x 116.8 cm), right panel.
There came into being: Clairvoyance, Per. I, Divination, Per. II, 1959. oil on canvas, 74" x 94-7/8" (188 cm x 241 cm), overall 74" x 48-7/8" (188 cm x 124.1 cm), left panel74" x 46" (188 cm x 116.8 cm), right panel.
, 1968. oil on linen, 70-1/2 x 70-1/2" (179.1 x 179.1 cm).
Square XXI Growth, 1968. oil on linen, 70-1/2 x 70-1/2" (179.1 x 179.1 cm).
, 1963. oil on canvas, 50" x 66" (127 cm x 167.6 cm), 3 panels, each50" x 198" (127 cm x 502.9 cm), overall.
Men & Horses, 1963. oil on canvas, 50" x 66" (127 cm x 167.6 cm), 3 panels, each50" x 198" (127 cm x 502.9 cm), overall.
, 1964. oil on canvas, 36 x 36" (91.4 x 91.4 cm).
Study in Odd Sequences, 1964. oil on canvas, 36 x 36" (91.4 x 91.4 cm).
, 1959. oil on canvas, overall: 6' 8" x 19' 2" (2.03 m x 5.84 m); 5 panels, each: 6' 8" x 3' 10" (2.03 m x 1.17 m).
Two Visions - One Ocean (Starboard, Christoforo Columbo, Santa Maria, Larboard, Vasco da Gama), 1959. oil on canvas, overall: 6' 8" x 19' 2" (2.03 m x 5.84 m); 5 panels, each: 6' 8" x 3' 10" (2.03 m x 1.17 m).
, 1960. oil on linen, 42" x 50" (106.7 cm x 127 cm).
Heaven and Earth, 1960. oil on linen, 42" x 50" (106.7 cm x 127 cm).
, January 18, 1961. ink and colored pencil on paper, 32" x 26" (81.3 cm x 66 cm).
Demonstration VIII, January 18, 1961. ink and colored pencil on paper, 32" x 26" (81.3 cm x 66 cm).
, 1976. oil on linen, 20" x 35" (50.8 cm x 88.9 cm).
The Magic 5; Radial, 1976. oil on linen, 20" x 35" (50.8 cm x 88.9 cm).
, 1967. oil on canvas, 8' 1" x 8' 1" (246.4 cm x 246.4 cm).
Acroatic Rectangle, Per. XIV, 1967. oil on canvas, 8' 1" x 8' 1" (246.4 cm x 246.4 cm).
, 1975. oil on canvas, 51" x 200" (129.5 x 508 cm), overall  51" x 40" (129.5 x 101.6 cm) 5 panels, each.
Spectral Timing, 1975. oil on canvas, 51" x 200" (129.5 x 508 cm), overall 51" x 40" (129.5 x 101.6 cm) 5 panels, each.
, 1975. oil on canvas, four panels, overall: 6' 2" x 12' 4" (188 cm x 375.9 cm); each panel: 6' 2" x 3' 1" (188 cm x 94 cm).
A la fin de l'automne, 1975. oil on canvas, four panels, overall: 6' 2" x 12' 4" (188 cm x 375.9 cm); each panel: 6' 2" x 3' 1" (188 cm x 94 cm).
, n.d.. ink on paper with collage, 30" x 20" (76.2 cm x 50.8 cm).
The Parthenon at Athens, n.d.. ink on paper with collage, 30" x 20" (76.2 cm x 50.8 cm).

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Emission Spectrum , 1975. oil on canvas, 74 x 37" (188 x 94 cm) 37 x 37" (94 x 94 cm), two panels, each.