James Christensen

ames C. Christensen is one of the few people lucky enough to create worlds of their own and make you wish you could live in them. Inspired by the worlds myths, fables, fantasies, and tales of imagination, Christensen fills his prints with wonderful people, places, and things as real as your adult dreams and as beloved as your fondest childhood memories. He's created a Shakesphearean Island, an entire undersea world, and a village of Mother Goose characters. But when he isn't giving life to other's 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 viewer's own imagination as no other artist does. Christensen was born in l942 and raised in Culver City, California, just after the heyday of Hollywood. He studied painting at UCLA before moving to Utah and finishing his formal education at Brigham Young University. Since then, Christensen has had numerous one-man shows throughout the United States, and his work is prized in collections in the U.S. and Europe. He has been commissioned by both Time/Life Books and Omni to create illustrations for their publications, and he has been included in the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators Annual and Japan's Outstanding American Illustrators Book. Christensen is the recipient of many awards, and is currently retiring from his position as Professor of Fine Arts at Brigham Young University. He has been published by the Greenwich Workshop since 1985, and he continues to delight young and old alike with celebrations of imagination from "the land a little to the left of reality."

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