Old Man With A Lot on His Mind – Artist James Christensen

James Christensen, Fantasy Art

Old Man With A Lot on His Mind

Old Man With A Lot on His Mind

For everyone who ever wondered “WHAT is that guy thinking?” James Christensen allows us to peer into this old fellow’s head. In another typically “Christensen” gift to his audience, the answer only leads to more questions! Who is that woman? What’s with the leopard? Which battle did those soldiers march in from, and what about the birds, fish and frog? Even if we asked the old man to explain, would he?

“The painting was inspired by hearing life stories told by older people in my church,” says James. “I realized that they were each a whole universe of tales and adventures, amazing stories that don’t show from the outside.”

This old-timer may seem absent-minded, but after a lifetime of experiences, he really just has a lot on his mind!

Fantasy Artist James Christensen

Fantasy art, Artist James 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.

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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