Fantasies of the Sea – James Christensen

James Christensen, ocean art

Fantasies of the Sea

Fantasies of the Sea

One part oxygen, two parts hydrogen, and three parts magic. The anatomically correct fish, lobsters and jellyfish make this portrait of a regal queen of the water world and her entourage seem… well… possible! She is adorned with elegant ornaments of the sea and fittingly, rides a lion-fish, a fierce defender of this marine jungle. Below her rides the court exchequer. Mounted on a puffer fish, he wears the smug expression of high authority, despite the fact that some sand dollars have slipped from his belt and stream behind him. A hunchbacked court jester astride a clownfish gives us a knowing look. The procession is led by a well-armored knight bravely carrying his spiny-conch shield and riding his “steed”—a spiny lobster—ready to do battle with any adversary.

Available in two sizes, Fantasies of the Sea will be a show stopper and conversation starter in any room of your home.

Fantasy Artist James Christensen

Fantasy art, Artist James Christensen

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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