Born in Taipai in 1979 and educated at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, James Jean is a Los Angeles-based artist who creates highly detailed sketches, paintings and street art for a series of private and commercial collectors. Prada hired him to install murals at their epicenter stores in Los Angeles and New York, and designer Philip Lim commissioned him to paint a series of portraits including Rachel Bilson, Selma Blair and Devendra Banhardt. Jean earned a litany of awards –including seven Eisner awards and three consecutive Harvey awards—while working as a cover artist with DC comics. He has since retired from illustration, focusing solely on fine art.
“…with his Fables work, the paintings and illustrations are often suffused with a dreamy romanticism and lyricism worthy of Maxfield Parrish, even as Mr. Jean subverts those and other isms,” Said Dana Jennings of the New York Times.
When looking at Jean’s work, it’s hard not to get pulled in by the gravitational force where line and form distort into an unseen gyre. His paintings are stunningly apocalyptic. They look and feel like a destruction of the senses, where viewers may suspend their attachment to the laws of physics and become fully actualized in the artist’s domain. Jean has published a series of books, and has held recent solo exhibitions at Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles and Jack Tilton Gallery in New York City.
To connect with James Jean or to see more of his work, head over to www.jamesjean.com