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James C. Christensen - ISABELLA -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          ISABELLA
by James C. Christensen

$150.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 750
Image Size: 9 7/8"w x 15"h.
Published: October 2003


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This striking portrait is the likeness of Isabella Grimaldi, a patrician of the arts. The character of Isabella was born from the world of Saints and Angels, James Christensen’s exploration and creation of an alter-ego, an obscure Flemish painter known only as The Master of the Enoch Altarpiece.

“The Master was able to make a living only through the support of his patrons, and Isabella was one of the foremost patricians of his entire career,” explains James. “It was customary at the time for the wealthy to request their portraits take on the literal characteristics of angels. With Isabella, her wings suggested much more to the Master, as she served as a inspiration in his calling. The love of art and encouragement of promising talent is a dance which allows this circle of creation to persevere.”


James C. Christensen
Inspired by the world’s myths, fables and tales of imagination, James C. Christensen’s work adds up to more than a beautiful - if sometimes “curious” looking work of art. Having taught art professionally for over 20 years, he thought 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 were co- chairs on the Mormon Arts Foundation. He was 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.

 

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