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James C. Christensen - Fish in A Toucan Mask -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          Fish in A Toucan Mask
by James C. Christensen

$195.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 95
Image Size: 19 1/2"w x 16"h.
Published: March 2014


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Inevitably, there will be a time when we are called upon to jump on stage and entertain. Some can conjure up William Shakespeare, some a great soft-shoe and still others, an impressive John Wayne. The rest of us, with more average skills, may feel we have to puff-up our simpler, one-trick magic acts by, say, dressing up our pet fish. We may add some extravagant attire and perform with authority and professionalism to help us find our own audience. But if we really thought about it, if we were to remove that mask, we realize a fish that floats in the air out of water is quite an extraordinary.

"Fish in a Toucan Mask" is one of a series of three paintings Christensen created around entertainers aggrandizing their one-trick acts. Closely related are "The Great Garabaldi" and "Levi Levitates a Stone Fish." In each, the magician becomes more flamboyant, more comfortable with his on-stage presence, the show overwhelming the act of magic itself. Yet, with each, there is still magic in the air.




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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