Statement from the Artist:
“People often ask me why I paint such beautiful, flawless women and poofy, flawed men. My response is, ‘Do you really want to see flawed, poofy women instead?’ Of all the reasons that people enjoy art, perhaps the most obvious and enduring is that it is beautiful. The human soul craves beauty.
“As an artist, I want people to stop and look. If it is a particularly attractive face, realistic jewel or large hat that stops them in their tracks, that’s fine with me. I use complicated patterns and bright colors primarily because I like them, but they also serve to attract and maintain the viewers’ attention. With many of the women I paint, there is less of a need to define a storyline. I can focus more on how the light from above illuminates the folds in a gown.
“The truth is that is it easier for me to relate to the poofy guys, to use them as avatars to reflect my own faults and those I observe in my fellow human beings. I have found that, with very few exceptions, men and women alike relate to the foibles of the poofy guys and enjoy the grace and loveliness of the beautiful women.”
About the Artist:
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.
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.
Christensen’s fine art now appears as works of art in porcelain from The Greenwich Workshop Collection, artist-inspired products such as note cards, silk ties and books. The first, 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 third, the inventive Rhymes and Reasons, was published in May, 1997.
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