“The words coming out of this angel’s mouth are purposely provocative and designed to make you wonder ‘What does that mean?’ It’s Latin, beatus est pisciculus, meaning ‘Blessed is the little fish.’ Floating fish symbolize the magic all around us and they are blessed little things themselves, to bring this magic into our lives. Is the angel blessing the fish or the fish blessing the angel? The fish is a symbol I frequently use and this painting was meant as my ‘thank-you’ for a lot of the magic in my life.” Says artist James C. Christensen about Benediction.
Christensen was born in 1942 and raised in Culver City, California. He studied painting at Brigham Young University and the University of California. 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.
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 Japan’s Outstanding American Illustrators. Christensen has also won all the professional art honors the World Science Fiction Convention can bestow, as well as multiple Chelsey Awards form the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. more
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