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"One Light" by James C. Christensen
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James Christensen One Light art print

One Light

“Let your own light shine,” explains James Christensen, “because together, we will light up the world. Even this guy, with his hump and imperfections, he isn’t afraid to let his light shine. Sometimes it seems my quietest paintings say the most important things. This is one of them and I like it quite a lot, in fact, I’ve never sold it.”

“This is a study of balances and opposites, light against dark; life against death. The checkerboard has always been a symbol for the playing field of life, and in this case, I have it fading in into infinity rather than ending in a sharp line at the horizon. The hunchback, our everyman, shows signs of vulnerability.  The flower of life is embroidered on his sleeve, but the skull, a memento mori, is in his cap. One thing is for sure, he will only have a limited time as a player in this game. Yet, even this frail mortality will not prevent him from letting his light shine. He sits in a sky full of stars, which may be others like just like him, holding up their lights in the dark. We're candles in the darkness for each other, so it's important to let your light shine, no matter how small it is.

One Light
is an 11” x 15” Greenwich Workshop Anniversary Edition Fine Art Canvas. Its simple design belies the depth and meaning of the work, making it one of James Christensen’s most iconic images. Christensen has held on to the original because it is one of his favorite works. Don’t miss your chance to own One Light as well.

Sizing and Pricing

Anniversary Edition
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Canvas:

Limited to 250 s/n. 11"w x 15"h.  $245

 

One Light by James C. Christensen




About James C. Christensen

Inspired by the world's myths, fables and tales of imagination, James C. Christensen wants his work to add up to more than a beautiful - if sometimes "curious" looking work of art. Having taught art professionally for over 20 years, he likes to think of the world as his classroom. His hope is that through whatever he creates-be it a porcelain, fine art print or book-he can convey a message, inspiration or a simple laugh. He believes that teaching people to use their imagination helps us find solutions to sooth the stresses of everyday life-or get a little lift to help us keep going. In short: all things are possible when you share Christensen's philosophy that "Believing is Seeing."

Christensen was born in 1942 and raised in Culver City, California. He studied painting at Brigham Young University and, for a while, 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 U.S. and Europe.

Christensen has also won all the professional art honors the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention can bestow, as well as multiple Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. Christensen has been designated as a “Utah Art Treasure,” one of Utah’s Top 100 Artists by the Springville Museum of Art and received the Governor’s Award for Art awarded by the Utah Arts Council recognizing the significance of Christensen’s artwork to Utah’s cultural communities. He was inducted into the U.S. Art magazine’s Hall of Fame and is an Honored Alumnus at Brigham Young University for his contributions to fine art and education. James and his wife Carole, co-chair the Mormon Arts Foundation. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Brigham Young University, and has also given workshops to large companies and organizations on the subject of creative thinking, including the California Art Educator’s Association, Hallmark and Intermountain Health Care. 

In addition to his fine art limited editions on paper and canvas, Christensen’s work can be found in five acclaimed books and a series of interactive journals and in three dimensions in porcelain and hand-crafted limited-edition bronze sculptures.

 

 

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