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James C. Christensen - Man Taking a Leek on a Tiled Wall for a Walk -  OPEN EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          Man Taking a Leek on a Tiled Wall for a Walk
by James C. Christensen

Original Retail Price $125.00

Image Size: 16"w x 11"h.
Published: April 2015

There are times I paint a painting for no reason other than the delight of a silly or absurd word. Sometimes, it works in reverse. While we were living in Madrid, I began working on an image of a man taking his pet shallot for a walk. I asked my wife, Carole, if she would buy a shallot so I could finish the painting.

“Can’t you use a green onion?” she asked.

“No,” I said, “that’s a silly pet. Nobody would have a green onion for a pet.”

Carole looked for weeks. I think she even had regiments of her friends scouring surrounding counties for shallots. There were no shallots anywhere in Madrid. I think they even checked parts of Barcelona.

Finally one day, Carole came home triumphant and excited. “I’ve found what you wanted,” she said and handed me a paper sack from the new grocery store.

It was just a bunch of leeks.

“No, that is not right,” I said, returning the sack. “These are leeks, not shallots.”

Carole looked me square in the eye, handed the leeks back and said, “James, finish the painting.”

So, that’s how "Man Taking a Leek on a Tiled Wall for a Walk." The play on words came after the fact.

So, yes, the image is great fun. The question is where would you hang it? In the kitchen? The bathroom? The man-cave? Really, it goes anywhere a little laughter is in order. Each canvas comes with the title silk-screened on a brass name plate to be sure that the title of this gem is part of the presentation. If you can’t decide whether you want to hang yours in the kitchen and the loo, let us recommend one for each.

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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