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James C. Christensen - MEN AND ANGELS: The Art of James C. Christensen -  TRADEBOOK Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          MEN AND ANGELS: The Art of James C. Christensen
by James C. Christensen


Image Size: 11"w x 14"h.
Published: October 2008

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Join the legions of fans and collectors who have made the award-winning artwork of James C. Christensen a part of their lives through his paintings, sculpture, acclaimed books and limited editions. Experience this diverse and masterful body of work in "Men and Angels," the single largest collection of Christensenís paintings ever published. This comprehensive volume brims with over 300 paintings (including many favored classics), more than 100 unpublished treasures and a selection of whimsical and inspired sketches from his private sketchbooks.

From marriage to spiritual devotion to daily pet care, no object seems mundane after it has met Christensenís inventive brush. Applying his celebrated eye for the fantastic to people, landscapes and creatures (both real and imagined) Christensen has created a rich and strangely familiar world that will take a lifetime to explore. Each painting presents a unique glimpse into the mind of the artist and holds up a mirror to the universal trials and triumphs of our own lives.

Christensenís career as an artist and art professor has equipped him to be a great communicator or perhaps the fact that he is especially articulate for a visual artist has made him a master teacher. His wide-ranging commentary is as engaging as his art. The range of subject matter and style are a testament to the artistís imagination, creativity and understanding of art history. Christensenís drive to connect with the world weaves through his work like a ribbon, over mermaids, under saints and around hunchbacks. The paintings communicate on a level that is as personal as it is universal. Enter the realm of James C. Christensenís "Men and Angels," both human and divine!

James C. Christensen
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 Christensenís most popular artworks that have also been described as ďcreations from the land a little left of reality.Ē He has created a Shakespearean Island, an entire undersea world and a village of Mother Goose characters. But when he isnít giving life to otherís 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 viewerís own imagination as no other artist can. His art includes unique people, places and things that exist somewhere between adult dreams and childhood memories. ďI donít think of myself as a fantasy artist,Ē said Christensen. ďI 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. ďWhatís truly important to me is that my art is introspective and in turn challenges the mindís eye of those who view it regardless of the subject matter.Ē 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 Japanís 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. Christensenís 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 ďUtah Art Treasure,Ē one of Utahís Top 100 Artists by the Springville Museum of Art and received the Governorís Award for Art awarded by the Utah Arts Council recognizing the significance of Christensenís artwork to Utahís cultural communities. He was inducted into the U.S. Art magazineís Hall of Fame. Jim and his wife, Carole, co-chair the Mormon Arts Foundation.


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