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 Phil Jensen  (1945 - 1991)

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Lived/Active: Colorado/Nebraska      Known for: landscape painting, Native American figure

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P. G. (Phil) Jensen was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 1945.  He spent most of his life in Denver, Colorado where his family moved when he was four years old.  He knew he wanted to be an artist as a young child.  Encouraged and taught by his Grandfather, Charles Simmons, a prominent Nebraska artist and historian, P. G. was recognized for his artistic talent at an early age.  By the time he graduated from high school, he had established regular sales of his paintings and even had had a one man show at the Colorado’s Own Gallery in Larimer Square in Denver.  After graduation, he attended Arizona State College (now Northern Arizona University) in Flagstaff. 

In the early part of his career he was known primarily as a painter of landscapes of the Rocky Mountains and the southwest deserts, at which he was very successful having had 5 one man shows of his work by 1972.  His style started to change in the 1970’s and 1980’s as he became more intrigued with the spiritual qualities of the southwest and its native people.  This later work began to take on a spiritual quality as he started to use more subdued colors and incorporated semi-transparent mystical figures of Native Americans into his landscapes.  This technique took him many years to develop and perfect, but resonated with his own spirit and feelings about the vastness of spaces and historical qualities of the southwestern U.S.  A number of these later paintings were sold to the Norman Vincent Peale Library. 

His work resides in various corporate collections and at one time some hung in the Sagebrush Inn in Taos.  He died while living in southern Utah in 1991.

Sources include:
“The Art of Phil Jensen”, Denver Post, Empire Magazine; Mar 12, 1972, pages 51-52, ills.

“Through Illusion to Reality”, Scott E. Dial, Southwest Art Magazine, 1977, Sep.,  pp. 44-49, ills. – Art Forum information on P.G. (Phillip) Jensen posted May 10, 2005.

Submitted by Willow Creek Collectibles

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