"Life seems to be more complicated than ever. And, all too often tooserious. I use my artwork to ease the burdens of everyday stuff. My characters deal with the same problems we all face in what we call life. Their unique point of view helps me put my owne problems in perspective with a smile-and hopefully yours. We are all on this journey together and anything we can to help each other is a good thing.
James C. Christensen was born in 1942 and raised in Culver City, California.
He studied painting at Brigham Young University as well as the University of
California at Los Angeles before finishing his formal education at BYU. Since
then he has had one-man shows in the West and the Northeast and his work is
prized in collections throughout the United States and Europe.
Opulent, colorful, Shakespearean, extraordinary: All words that aptly portray
Christensens most popular artworks that have also been described
as creations from the land a little left of reality. He has created a
Shakespearean Island, an entire undersea world and a village of Mother Goose
characters. But when he isnt giving life to others worlds, he paints a place
of his own. The result is a unique kinetic kingdom where recognizable human
emotions are often manifested as fish or fowl, utilizing the viewers own
imagination as no other artist can. His art includes unique people, places
and things that exist somewhere between adult dreams and childhood
memories. I dont think of myself as a fantasy artist, said Christensen. I
certainly have an affinity for myths, fables and ancient lore, but I also find
time to create landscapes and other subjects which include commissions.
Recent projects, for example, include a mural commission for a conference
center in Nauvoo, Illinois, a poster for the 2001 Utah Shakespearean Festival
and a sculpture for Nu-Skin. Whats truly important to me is that my art is
introspective and in turn challenges the minds eye of those who view it
regardless of the subject matter.
The artist has been commissioned by both Time/Life Books and Omni to create
illustrations for their publications and his work has appeared in the
prestigious American Illustration Annual and Japans Outstanding American
Illustrators. Christensen has also won all the professional art honors the
World Science Fiction Convention can bestow, as well as multiple Chesley
Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
Christensens fine art appears as works of art in porcelain and brass from The
Greenwich Workshop Collection; artist-inspired products such as note cards,
silk ties and books are also available. His first book, A Journey of the
Imagination: The Art of James Christensen, was published to great acclaim in
1994. His second, the adventure fantasy Voyage of the Basset, has more than
75,000 copies in print. His subsequent book include the inventive Rhymes &
Reasons, published in May 1997, Parables (written by Robert Millet, 1999), The
Personal Illumination Series and The Personal Illumination Journal (2000), a
series of interactive journals, A Shakespeare Sketchbook (2001) and James
Christensen, Foremost Fantasy Artist (2001).
Christensen was recently designated as a Utah Art Treasure, one of Utahs
Top 100 Artists by the Springville Museum of Art and received the Governors
Award for Art awarded by the Utah Arts Council recognizing the significance of
Christensens artwork to Utahs cultural communities. He was inducted into
the U.S. Art magazines Hall of Fame. Jim and his wife, Carole, co-chair the
Mormon Arts Foundation.
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