Wintergreen, 1998

Dean Eliasen
(American, born 1946, died 2020)

Location: Blix Elementary School, Tacoma


Wintergreen is a vibrant painting by the late artist Dan Eliasen. The energetic composition highlights a sense of movement. He created a special technique to apply the swirling paint. First, he cut a hole in the bottom of a tin can. He hung the can from his studio ceiling with a rope and placed his canvas underneath it. Then he filled the can with paint. By spinning the can at different speeds and angles he created circles, ovals, and spirals.

Eliasen noted “For me, painting is creating your own imagined world, opening yourself to new and experimental materials and techniques. I strive to be bold and dynamic in my thinking and painting. I aspire to create a personal vision that is true, original, optimistic, and beautiful.”

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Tacoma School District.


Late artist Dean Eliasen was based in Spokane, Eastern Washington. He created abstract, geometric paintings using iridescent paints that change when viewed from different angles.
Born in Spokane, Eliasen studied studio art at the University of Washington in Seattle and painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in California.

Material CategoryPainting - paint on fabric
MediumAcrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions4 ft 2 in x 4 ft 2 in x 1 1/2 in
ID NumberWSAC2003.029.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyTacoma Public Schools
Artwork LocationBlix Elementary School
Lunchroom hallway
WA CountyPierce
Site TypePublic School
Address1302 E 38th Street
Tacoma, WA 98404
Geo. Coordinates47.222172 | -122.412904
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