So, How Many Angels?
The question is sometimes attributed to medieval philosophers but nowadays it’s used as a metaphor for debating irrelevant minutia while more pressing concerns bang at our door. Of course, in the hands of James C. Christensen, “magic” is in the metaphor and with this never-before-published gem he turns the idiom on its head. The result is both whimsical and inspirational. This solo angel is barely holding it all together as he sticks that landing like a figure skater at Olympic try-outs.
Inspired by the world’s myths, fables and tales of imagination, James C. Christensen wants his work to add up to more than a beautiful–if sometimes ‘curious’ looking work of art. Having taught art professionally for over 20 years, he likes to think 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.”
About the Artist – James C. Christensen
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.
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