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

          PELICAN KING
by James C. Christensen

Original Retail Price $115.00
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Limited Edition of: 850
Image Size: 11 15/16"w x 16 7/16"h.
Published: March 1991

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This is a ridiculous character but charming. You can enjoy him. Even though it is at twilight, it's not a dark picture. Although he's fairly immobile because this pelican has built a nest and is sitting on his head, the pelican is actually a positive symbol. In some places, it's used as a Christ symbol because the pelican, it is said in legend, pierces its breast with its beak and feeds it young with its own blood. That's not true but that's what been said.

Onions are also layers of meanings. They connote that there is a lot more than meets the eye because you can keep peeling the layers back. Maybe the old man is an onion too, because he looks like the onion on the outside. But if you peel back the layers, you may discover incredible life and depth that don't necessarily show at first glance. With all its potential negative images of a little man left out in the cold who thinks he's in power but he's not, you can still love him.

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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