Danish-born artist, Henning B. Jensen, to speak at 'meet the artist' event April 10

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Danish-born artist, Henning B. Jensen, to speak at 'meet the artist' event April 10

Paintings by Danish-born artist Henning B. Jensen are on exhibit through Wednesday, April 30, in the first-floor atrium and in Food for Thought on the second floor of Terrence Murphy Hall, Minneapolis campus.

Jensen will be on campus for a "meet the artist" session at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, beginning in the atrium and continuing in Food for Thought. He will give a brief talk about his work followed by an open discussion.

Everyone is welcome; light refreshments will be served.

Jensen studied drawing and painting at the renowned Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and holds degrees from the Academy of Art and the College of Art and Design in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jensen studied art during the late 1940s under the abstract expressionist Helge Ernst in Haut-des-Cagnes on the French Riviera. At the time, Ernst arranged for Jensen and several other young art students to sketch and paint at the villa of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in Vallauris for a month. 

Also during that time, Jensen assisted Ernst while he directed the Cannes Film Festival award-winning documentary "Guernica," a film based on Picasso's most famous painting.

Jensen has painted in America for most of his career and is recognized for the wealth of knowledge and talent he brings to his work. A "naturalist" by choice, Jensen also explores the world of abstract, nonfigurative and symbolic art. Centering on abstract or landscape form, his work is strong in color and emotion while retaining a sense of playfulness.

Prior to laying paint to canvas, Jensen creates a series of watercolors to develop the structure, style and color of each oil painting. Using various under-painting techniques, his art becomes explosive emotion-filled statements that invite the viewer to share some of the excitement and pleasure the artist experiences as he works.

Having lectured and taught design, drawing and art history, Jensen is interested in advancing knowledge of the arts. His work is represented in numerous private and public collections.

Locally his work can be found in the permanent collections of the Weisman Art Museum, the American Swedish Institute Museum, the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and Honeywell's corporate collection.

Jensen's original drawings and book illustrations are in the collections of the National Museum of Art in Copenhagen, the National Library in Oslo, Norway, and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France.

Visit Jensen's Web page to see some of his work.

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