James Eisentrager (1929-2002)
“My work is about structure, composition, proportion, balance and equilibrium. These are not emotions, but they interest me.” Although Eisentrager began his art career with representational painting, he is best known for what he calls his “structuralist” works. These paintings are influenced by shape, by geometry, by mathematics. Because of this he connected largely with the anti-Expressionist tradition. Eisentrager studied at Augustana College in South Dakota, and received his M.F.A. at the University of Iowa. He was a Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska, and exhibited in Kansas City and at the Joslyn Museum of Art in Omaha, Nebraska.